Jose Cifuentes Nears Rangers Move: Work Visa Approval the Final Hurdle

Ecuadorian midfielder Jose Cifuentes is on the verge of joining Rangers. According to renowned journalist Adriano Savalli on Twitter, the deal is almost official, with just one crucial step remaining – the acquisition of a work visa before he can don the Rangers jersey.

He revealed, “Jose Cifuentes will not travel to Glasgow yet, as the process to get a work visa will need to go through before he can join Rangers.”

The anticipation surrounding Cifuentes’ transfer has been building all summer, with Rangers’ manager, Michael Beale, expressing his keenness to bring the talented midfielder to Ibrox. The initial agreement to sign Cifuentes was slated for January, but it has now been expedited to secure his services for the upcoming season.

Manager Beale’s desire to bolster the team’s midfield has been evident, especially with the departure of Scott Arfield and the potential exit of title-winning midfielder Glen Kamara, who has attracted interest from clubs across Europe.

Cifuentes, currently plying his trade at Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), has been a specific target for Rangers due to his exceptional performances in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Among midfielders in the MLS, the Ecuadorian ranks in the top 90% for several key metrics, including progressive passes, progressive carries, successful take-ons, touches in the attacking penalty area, shot-creating actions, and total shots. His impressive skill set promises to make him a formidable attacking force in the Rangers midfield.

The transfer saga seemed to linger on, but all parties involved, including Rangers and LAFC, have reached a consensus, and Cifuentes has successfully completed his medical examination in LA on 26 July. Now, with just the work visa pending approval, the final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place for the eagerly anticipated move.

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As Rangers await the green light for Cifuentes’ work visa, the club’s management and fans are brimming with excitement. The imminent arrival of the talented Ecuadorian midfielder is expected to fortify the squad further and elevate their aspirations for the upcoming season.

Manager Beale must be pleased to see the deal finally nearing completion, as Rangers continue their pursuit of new reinforcements in the transfer market. With Cifuentes soon to join their ranks, the future looks promising for the Scottish giants as they prepare to challenge for domestic and European honors.