Jose Cifuentes has been heavily linked with a move to Rangers as Michael Beale looks to rebuild his squad this summer.

The 24-year old midfielder would be a sizeable coup for the club with previously reported Premier League interest highlighting how highly he is considered.

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Now, Fabrizio Romano has given an update on Rangers pursuit of the Ecuador international and it looks like good news:

Speaking on the “Here we go” podcast, the transfer supremo said:

“Jose Cifuentes from LAFC is really close to Rangers, there have been negotiations, very advanced, between Cifuentes and Rangers and the clubs of course.

“The agents of the player met with Rangers two days ago and so Cifuentes could leave MLS to join Rangers.”

Interestingly, Fabrizio Romano didn’t make any mention of other teams potentially in for Jose Cifuentes, leaving the way for Rangers clear.

Only last summer, Cifuentes was linked with a £6m move with Brighton, Leeds United and Newcastle United all named as potential suitors.

Where Jose Cifuentes would fit in to Rangers midfield

Rangers midfield has looked a lot better in recent weeks and especially since Ryan Jack has returned to fitness.

John Lundstram always does his best work when he is allowed the freedom to join the attack and a more natural defensive midfielder alongside him allows this.

Jack can’t, and shouldn’t, be expected to play every game and, in the Premiership, Cifuentes would bring that support.

Normally a box-to-box midfielder, Jose Cifuentes would fit perfectly into how Michael Beale wants his Rangers midfielders to play.

They have to be capable of doing everything.

A midfield of Todd Cantwell, Nicolas Raskin and Cifuentes would be a dynamic, energetic and, technically, very strong and one that would stand Rangers in good stead for European football in particular.

Fabrizio Romano is the authoritative voice on all things transfer rumours and if he says Rangers are “really close” then an announcement can’t be far away.

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