Rangers close in on surprise £12M Ecuador international transfer

Rangers close in on surprise £12M Ecuador international transfer
HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - JUNE 02: Jose Cifuentes #21 of Ecuador looks on against Nigeria at Red Bull Arena on June 02, 2022 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Rangers are closing in on the surprise signing of former Old Firm mutual target José Cifuentes after the Ecuadorian became reportedly the club’s top priority midfield signing, with a stunning market value of around £12M.

In a major transfer story, the current Los Angeles FC midfielder was set to leave the MLS for Ibrox while in the last 6 months of his current deal, with Rangers to pay a nominal transfer fee to release him early.

The 15-time Ecuador cap has been a bit of a sleeper signing, one of many players Rangers are on the trail of as Michael Beale looks to seriously work on his squad, well in the knowledge that many of his players are to leave.

But this one has rather come out of the blue, four years after Steven Gerrard pulled out of a move for him, leaving Celtic to gobble the player up, which didn’t end up happening:

“I don’t know which club I will sign for yet – either Manchester City or Celtic. Nothing has been decided yet. I deserve my opportunity to play in Europe, it’s where I have to be. And my mentality is that I am going to be in Europe for a long time. I have spent a lot of time studying and they taught me many things, including English which I now understand better. To become a great footballer, I must learn languages and not just English.”

Four years later and he’s still in the MLS, and he’s been maturing as a man as well, and it now seems Rangers are to secure him.

So ‘who does he replace’? Well, in Rangers’ squad Michael Beale is seeking to shore up midfield. Todd Cantwell and Nicolas Raskin are of course the main two men, but we need more – a strong holding midfielder of the ilk of John Lundtram/Glen Kamara/Ryan Jack but when all were at their peak – which is NOT what Cifuentes is. He’s box to box, like the way Jack now is, but younger, so it looks like Cifuentes, if this one gets over the line, will replace Jacko and the Scotland man will become squad depth.

Which we’re fine with, Jack cannot be relied on long-term, while this lad looks like a young and strong addition to the squad.

But, as with it all, we’ll see if the sources are bang on with this one or it’s yet more red herrings.

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