Rangers deal for player they've been tailing for 12 months "90%" done
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Rangers deal for player they've been tailing for 12 months "90%" done

Rangers have been tailing recently linked Colombian youth striker Juan Alegria for twelve months ahead of a proposed move to Ibrox, according to the Daily Record.

The striker’s father also appeared to confirm that he was “90% sure” the 18-year-old forward would join the Ibrox club.

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The striker would follow a similar path to Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, who joined the club from Finnish outfit HJK Helskini in 2017.

Alegria currently plies his trade in the Scandinavian country with Honka FC and English-speaking Colombian football journalist Simon Edwards has revealed further details about the deal.

According to Edwards, Honka FC currently own about 60% of the player’s rights with Alegria’s family retaining 40%.

However, this looks set to change if the player is to join Rangers with the Ibrox club buying an 80% stake in the player and Alegria’s family retaining 20%.

This part-ownership structure is commonplace in South America and helps protect the interests of the player’s family.

Rangers were first linked with a loan-to-buy move for the player in the Colombian press [Antena 2+] and fans will now be eager to find out more about what Alegria can offer with the club reportedly tailing him for a year.

The Gers clearly had their resident Colombian in mind and there is a clear pathway developing for players from South America to come through Scandinavia and eventually to Ibrox.

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Both players are believed to share the same agent, and this could be a potentially exciting move for Rangers if the club can get it over the line.

Alegria isn’t the only striker being linked to Ibrox this week either – the Gers reportedly also have their eye on a three-times capped Polish international forward currently playing in Eastern Europe.