Rangers are closing in on another major signature after Ecuador’s world cup star José Cifuentes closed in on his Ibrox move, the 24-year-old primarily a box-to-box midfielder but adaptable to any area of the middle, and likely to be the final piece of Michael Beale’s midfield jigsaw.
The LAFC midfielder, who models himself on a prime Paul Pogba, has 15 appearances for his country and a market value in the £15M region, and would absolutely be considered a first-team starter for Rangers when this deal is secured.
Furthermore, he was widely regarded as one of the MLS’ top performers, a lucrative asset who was rated among the top five players in the competition – Rangers would be getting a top player who is ready to prove himself in Europe.
But of course, he’s already proven himself capable at international level, with approaching 20 caps for a pretty strong international side that made the world cup.
Sources claim the deal will be done this week, and the former Universidad Catolica player did not start last night v Club Leon in a nod to his attention being focused on this move but he did come on for former Juve legend Giorgio Chiellini in the second half of the Champions League final. Which LAFC lost.
Nevertheless, Cifuentes closes in and we await the medical and contract being signed – this seems to be a deal Rangers really want, and it is the standard we require.
On top of Butland, this is the kind of signing Ibrox Noise absolutely approves of in order to take us up a level, with hope we can also secure Haji Wright as well.
If we’re bringing in guys like these on top of squad player additions like Sterling and Dowell, Rangers are in a much better state to be equipped for the Scottish Premiership next season, and quite possibly a more credible shot at the Champions League.
But, nothing is confirmed yet, and we can’t pass judgement until the Butlands, Cifuentes and Wrights are announced in the shirt.