Rangers World Cup star Jose Cifuentes could soon be partnering a British record-breaker as Ecuadorean international Moises Caicedo lines up a move to Chelsea.
According to the likes of BBC Sport, Premier League outfit Chelsea have agreed a British-record £115m fee with Brighton to pip Liverpool to the signing of the 21-year-old.
The £115m fee means Chelsea have now beaten the British transfer record for the second time in a year, having paid a £107m to sign Argentine midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica in January.
The deal is said to be worth an initial £100m, with the extra £15m laid out in achievable add-ons and Brighton also inserting a sell-on fee into the clause.
Moises Caicedo will also sign an eight-year deal at Stamford Bridge, meaning he’ll be a Chelsea player for the overwhelming bulk of his 20s.
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It’s a quite remarkable fee to pay for Moises Caicedo given that Brighton paid only £4m to sign the player two seasons ago, the Chelsea-bound midfielder joining the club from Ecuadorean outfit Independiente del Valle.
Rangers star to parent Chelsea-bound Moises Caicedo
Rangers midfielder Jose Cifuentes, 24, routinely partners Moises Caicedo in the middle of the park for Ecuador and will hope to add to his 16 international caps alongside his countryman.
The two players played alongside each other at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, with the Rangers midfielder turning out in Group Stage clashes against the hosts and Senegal at the tournament.
The Ibrox side signed a pre-contract deal to sign LAFC midfielder Jose Cifuentes in the winter before forking out around £1m to make the deal permanent this summer.
Whilst the Rangers midfielder has cost one 115th of the fee Chelsea look set to pay for Moises Caicedo, Jose Cifuentes will likely be lining up alongside the British record breaker for years to come.
This can almost certainly only be a good thing for Rangers with Jose Cifuentes playing alongside one of football’s most expensive stars and the Chelsea move putting the microscope on Ecuadorean midfielders.
Jose Cifuentes has also made a very bright start to his Rangers career and there are big hopes surrounding the midfielder from within Ibrox.