José Adoni Cifuentes Charcopa, or Cifu to you and I, will finally get his Rangers exit over the next 48 hours with Cruzeiro the confirmed destination as the Ecuador international attempts to restart his career after what has been a failed Rangers spell.
The Brazilian side, preparing for their new season 2024 and hoping for better than 14th place like last season, beat off interest from Michael Beale’s Sunderland and Turkish side Rizespor, with Cifuentes deciding he needed playing time for sure in advance of this summer’s Copa America.
The midfielder thinks he has a stronger chance of making the United States-hosted competition if he’s closer to ear and eye shot in Brazil, so has elected to make that switch now rather than risk being a squad player at either Rizespor or Sunderland.
Tranfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims it’s only going to be a loan, but we wouldn’t be shocked if the deal was permanent, with Sunderland and Rizespor both making £2M bids (Rizespor’s was reported accepted) and putting Cifu into that price tag for now.
But of course Cruzeiro, kind of like Rangers, are not swimming in cash, with South America definitely not a place abundant in finance, and the Brazilian side are prudent with their spending.
So it’s more likely be a loan at current, with option to buy.
But they have 48 hours to get it sorted, with Brazil’s window closing on Wednesday – they’re in off-season at the moment, their campaign starting as late as April, and they’ll want all their new players in the building for preseason.
Cifu is 99% certain to be one of those players.
We wish him luck.