To all intents and purposes, Rangers’ move for Jose Cifuentes appears to be edging closer but, until that scarf is above his head, fans will have one eye on Europe-bound Brighton.

The Premier League dark horses have punched well above their weight ever since entering the Premier League and, following a 3-1 win over Southampton, they have booked themselves a trip to the continent.

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It is the first time in the Seagulls’ history that they will be taking the trip to Europe and much of their success comes down to the efficiency of their transfer dealings.

At the centre of that – and at the centre of much speculation this summer – is South American midfield pair Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister.

After rejecting a reported £70m offer for Caicedo from Arsenal in January, chatter around the Ecuadorean has not stopped since.

As for Argentine World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister, there have been £70m reports of his own, with the midfielder said to be interesting Liverpool ahead of next season.

Where Rangers come in to it is with regards to links with Ecuadorean international midfielder Jose Cifuentes, the LAFC midfielder having also been mentioned alongside Brighton.

If the Seagulls are to lose two of their key players in Caicedo and Mac Allister, perhaps they can trump Rangers in the hunt for the 24-year-old World Cup star.

It’s a legitimate fear if Brighton’s interest in Cifuentes is true and, after the legendary Euro qualification, Italian coach Roberto di Zerbi admitted both players’ futures are at the highest level.

Rangers fans will be hoping those camera shots of Cifuentes – who does appear Ibrox bound as things stand – come before either of Brighton’s £140m pair make up their mind.

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