Rangers are closing in on three major signings in the next week as Joe Cifuentes, Jonathan Panzo and Cyriel Dessers all homed in on their moves to Ibrox amid medicals.
Ibrox Noise takes you through the state of play with each of these targets and how close we are to a big clutch of additions coming into Govan.
This one is done and dusted. Assuming the Belgian-born Nigeria international passes his medical, the terms and fee are agreed and he’ll move in a £4.5M switch from Serie A (technically B following relegation) this week and will become the 6th summer signing from Michael Beale. He will be the striker under this manager.
Was omitted from a recent LAFC match and not on grounds of injury, but ‘loading’ so-claimed his manager, the Ecuador star is working his Rangers deal as we speak, having been free to speak to the club since Saturday. Once the clubs can agree a fee (that’s the sticking point) he will switch North American for Glasgow and make his big move into European football.
Ok, yesterday we did admit we’d prefer Arsenal’s Auston Trusty, but it appears Michael Beale has gone with Panzo, who he knows well from working together in the Chelsea Academy. Panzo is a left-footed CB who can also play LB, and while some fans have some misgivings about the 22-year-old he’s very much a fine defender who’s played at some very high levels in the game. So if Beale has made his choice, he trusts Panzo as his main leftie, and he’ll set Rangers back around £3M, give or take.
There’s also Danilo (been updates there today), Maja and Trusty in the background but if Beale secures the above three we think that will be close to just about that for this window because none of them will be free. It would take summer spending to around £11M, in other words the usual summer budget our managers tend to get.
We await an announcement or two this week about these guys.