Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard wants to see Rangers defender Calvin Bassey again this summer,
and former Scotland, and Villa manager Alex McLeish have weighed in on the subject.
Alex McLeish, a former Rangers manager, has advised his former team not to trade Calvin Bassey,
for less than £25 million this summer.
Aston Villa is interested in signing Calvin Bassey ahead of next season, and it would be a reunion with former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, who signed Bassey only five days after taking over at the club from Leicester in 2020.
The Italian-born Nigerian international has made 50 appearances for the club in all competitions in his two years at Ibrox,
including 15 appearances during the club’s journey to the Europa League final in the 2012/13 season,
which they lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville.
McLeish, who managed Rangers from 2001 to 2006 and Villa from 2011 to 2012,
believes the Scottish giants should only sell Bassey this summer if they can get at least £25 million from Gerrard’s Villa side,
which is the same amount Celtic received when selling left-back Kieran Tierney to Arsenal in 2019.
When asked if Calvin Bassey deserved a similar amount as Tierney, McLeish told STV, “I would say definitely.
” “When I first saw Bassey, I couldn’t tell if he was a left full-back, wing-back, or center-back.
” He’s a versatile player that can play all three spots. I thought his cup final performance was fantastic,
and it’s easy to understand why he’s getting so much attention right now.”
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Should Villa pay to sign the Nigerian international this summer, Bassey would be a diverse option for them.
While he has mostly played as a center-back for Rangers this season, he has also started at left-back and as a wing-back.
The 22-year-contract old’s at Ibrox expires in two years, and he has one Scottish Premiership trophy,
and one Scottish Cup title to his name.
Villa hasn’t squandered any time in the summer transfer window. Philippe Coutinho, Diego Carlos, Boubacar Kamara,
and Robin Olsen have already signed contracts. Coutinho, a former Liverpool playmaker,
joined Villa on loan from Barcelona in January and will become a permanent Villa player at the end of this week,
after completing a £17 million deal.
Villa also paid £26 million for Brazilian center-back Carlos from Sevilla. Olsen, a goalkeeper,
has signed on a £3 million transfer from Roma, where he spent part of last season on loan.
Kamara, who had been linked with a move to Manchester United, signed a five-year free transfer agreement,
with Villa last month. This year, the 22-year-old got his first cap for France, and he is joined ,
in the team by international colleague Lucas Digne.