Yup, this one is from a WhatsApp rumour, most of the time they turn out to be nonsense, but this time it feels like there’s a chance it isn’t. Tillman is in Scotland after picking up the Young Player of the Year award for Rangers this season.
When he was interviewed picking up the PFA Young Player of the Year award, through a smile he said ‘it may not be over yet’. Was that a hint that he wants to stay at Ibrox?
He’s an incredibly talented young player with huge potential. There are a few circumstances which can change this from a smart deal to being incredible business.
The rumoured fee is thought to be just over £5m. On the surface, for a 20 year old with his level of ability, that seems like a bargain. In his first full season of professional football he has played 46 games, scoring 12 goals and assisting 5. Pretty good numbers for a first season in a completely new environment right?
The only doubts on him have always been in Old Firm games. He didn’t show the ability he had shown in all the other games against Celtic and that’s cause for concern for some fans. Most do forget though, because of how good he’s been, that he is still only 20 and as mentioned previously, it’s his first full professional season.
So, let’s look at the deal, rumours suggest the fee to make the deal permanent is just over £5m. It has also been suggested that Bayern would have a buy back clause of around £8m. This is a deal which doesn’t represent great value for Rangers but is smart for Bayern.
Taking this deal would mean that Rangers would barely be making any profit after you take off his sign on fee and wages. Bayern would be able to trigger this clause and immediately sell Tillman on so they could maximise their profit. Essentially, this deal represents an expensive loan where Rangers would develop the player and reap none of the financial benefits.
Other rumours are suggesting he will sign a five year deal and instead of the buy back clause, Bayern would have a 15% sell on clause. That would represent an excellent business move from Rangers. This would allow the club to develop the player without fear of not making the profit they deserve.
It also gives Tillman more of a freedom around his future. It must be tough for a player to be bought back by their former club just to be sold on for profit, it’s a smart but also really cut-throat business move.
If the second deal is what the club are pursuing then there shouldn’t be any complaints from fans. Rangers would be getting a player with huge potential for under what his market value currently is. Then have the potential to make huge profit with only 15% needing to go to his former club.
Malik Tillman has been excellent for Rangers this year and is one of the most talented players in the club at only 20. With the potential he has, £5m represents excellent value for money. The other question remains though, does this leave Michael Beale with enough to strengthen the team in other areas?
It’s no secret Rangers need at least two strikers, a winger or two, a centre back and goalkeeper. Hopefully the outlay on the Tillman deal wouldn’t mean the club need to be cheap with the other targets coming in.
How do you feel about the potential of Malik Tillman arriving permanently? Do you think this is a deal that benefits both the player and the club?