Rangers and LAFC have finally agreed on a fee, around £1.5M, for Ecuador international Jose Cifuentes, following week-long discussions with he and his current employers in lieu of a medical following.
The 24-year-old has been a long-running saga at Rangers, with Ibrox chiefs having to wait till July 1st to open proper negotiations with the midfielder, and Cifuentes is widely-seen as Michael Beale’s final Rangers midfield jigsaw piece, with just potentially two players to go for the whole window.
In terms of what he is, Cifuentes is a mixture of France’s Paul Pogba, who he models himself on, and Ivory Coast legend Yaya Toure, and while not quite as big as these two, plays a very similar and powerful game of midfield domination.
And now it seems like Beale has finally, after a very prolonged transfer negotiation, got his man which finishes his midfield.
The fee had been the sticking point – while Cifuentes has a market value around £15M, Rangers, obviously, never needed to pay that because he’s out of contract in December aside the obvious inability of the club to afford even half of that, but the Bosman period of his deal has now started meaning LAFC want to get a bit of cash for him rather than lose for free in the winter.
As such, terms appear to have finally been sorted with both parties, club and player, and with a medical pending as well, it would only be a matter of time before Cifuentes is holding the Rangers scarf aloft.
We know, we know, this deal has been in the ‘promise’ and ‘closing in’ stages for what seems like an eternity, but it’s ramped up majorly in the past week because of the month turnover into Bosman territory – since then the player is happy with the terms and Rangers had to try to sort out an agreement with LAFC to free the lad now.
It looks like that has at last happened, and we now await things progressing quickly.