Bassey officially became an Ajax player on Wednesday, inking a five-year contract that will keep him in Amsterdam until the summer of 2027.
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Bassey impressed for Rangers last season.
The 22-year-old is poised to pen a four-year deal with the Eredivisie champions with an option for a further year.
“If the money being bandied about for Calvin is actually a reality, then what a return on investment that is,” said Beale, who was recently appointed manager of English Championship side, QPR.
The defender is a man in demand with a host of English and European clubs interested in the Nigeria international.
Steven Gerrard is keen to recruit another left-back to add competition for Lucas Digne, who joined the squad for £25million in January. Bologna’s Aaron Hickey is a long-term target for Villa, while Sergio Gomez and Quentin Merlin are viewed as cheaper alternatives.
The Light Blues reportedly value their versatile Nigerian fullback at more than £25 million – a fee considered excessive.
Dortmund finished second this term, eight points behind league champions Bayern Munich, but the BVB would rue what could have been if they had a better defence.
The Midlands club have already made a stunning start to the transfer window signing three new players worth £43m.
Bassey, who can play at left-back or centre-half, has enjoyed a remarkable rise over the last six months and was a standout performer as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men made it to the Europa League final.
Bassey has been building a solid profile over the past five months after impressing for Glasgow Rangers in the Scottish Cup, the Premiership, and the Europa League.
The Nigerian international received a lot of plaudits in Rangers’ recent Europa League final and was unfortunate to be on the losing side.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were beaten on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt after a 1-1 draw in the club’s first European final for 14 years on Wednesday.
The Villa Park outfit will have representation at Hampden to watch the Nigerian international in the Scottish Cup final with Hearts.
The report claimed that Villa want a new left back to provide competition for Lucas Digne, and Rangers youngster Bassey is one of the players Gerrard has reportedly targeted.
This outgoing season has been a breakthrough one for the 22-year-old who could play at left back or in central defence.
The powerhouse fullback knows that last Sunday’s derby defeat by Celtic is a hammer blow to their hopes of retaining the Premiership crown.
The Rangers defender came off the bench to earn his first cap for the ‘Super Eagles’ in their 0-0 draw in Ghana on Friday.
Joe Aribo, Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey are included in Nigeria’s squad, with their opening Group D match on January 11.
Ibrox chiefs have requested the Nigerian Football Federation delay the arrival of the key men for the upcoming African Cup of Nations until after the January 2 showdown at Parkhead.