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Rangers Closing in on MLS Midfielder

Approaching a Deal for Los Angeles FC’s Star Midfielder

As the Scottish sun sets, casting long shadows across Ibrox, it might just be illuminating a potential new dawn for Rangers. Indeed, a brilliant star from the United States’ Major League Soccer is about to shine on the Scottish side, as per reliable sources close to Football Insider. We’re talking about none other than Los Angeles FC’s highly coveted midfield maestro, Jose Cifuentes.

For quite some time now, the Blues have been meticulously crafting their strategy to secure the Ecuador international. It would appear that their patience and strategic negotiations are finally on the verge of paying dividends, with a deal seemingly in touching distance.

A Hot Property with Numerous Suitors

Cifuentes, aged 24, first pinged on the Rangers’ radar back in April. It was not just the Scots who had their eyes on him, however. The Ecuadorian’s form had also attracted the interest of English Premier League outfits and Espanyol from Spain, not to mention the recently relegated Leeds United.

Despite the keen competition, Rangers managed to keep their line of communication open with Cifuentes. It’s been a challenging race with the Blues not always being the odds-on favourites to secure his signature.

Breakthrough Achieved: Talks Gain Momentum

Fast forward to June 12th, a breakthrough in the negotiations was reported by Football Insider, putting Rangers back on the front foot in their pursuit of the midfielder. As the clock ticks down on Cifuentes’ current contract, set to expire in December this year, the anticipation for the player’s next move heightens.

Building a Formidable Side: Beale’s Busy Summer

On the home front, Ibrox has been a hive of activity this summer. Michael Beale, who assumed the helm last year (2022), has been at the heart of this frenzy. If he manages to secure Cifuentes, it would be his seventh signing in the current window and the ninth overall since taking charge.

Rangers fans have already been treated to the arrivals of Kieran Dowell, Dujon Sterling, Jack Butland, Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers on permanent deals. Brighton’s Abdallah Sima has also joined the ranks on a loan spell for the upcoming campaign.

Filling a Gap: A Welcome Addition to the Midfield

The potential addition of Cifuentes could inject a fresh impetus into Beale’s midfield, which has suffered the loss of seasoned players like Scott Arfield and Steven Davis. Their departure, courtesy of expired Ibrox contracts, creates room for the Ecuadorian to come in and make his mark. And given his flair and reputation, there’s every chance he’ll shine brightly in the heart of Rangers’ midfield.

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