Rangers Eye Permanent Move for Winger Oscar Cortes

Rangers are looking to sign Colombian winger Oscar Cortes on a permanent deal this summer, according to journalist Chris Jack.

Cortes spent the 2023/24 season on loan at Ibrox from French club Lens, but injuries cut his playing time short. Despite the setback, manager Philippe Clement is keen to bring the 20-year-old back on a full-time basis.

Lens are reportedly open to negotiations, but they are asking for £4 million – the same fee they paid Millonarios for Cortes a year ago.

Initially, discussions centered around extending Cortes’ loan deal. However, Rangers seem to be favoring a permanent transfer to bolster their squad and challenge Celtic for the Premiership title. While a loan would address their needs in the short term, it wouldn’t guarantee Cortes’ long-term future at the club, especially if he performs well.

The £4 million price tag is a significant investment, and Rangers will need to be confident that Cortes will improve the team. However, his playing style aligns with Clement’s preferences, and recent comments from Cortes himself suggest a willingness to stay [reference source needed].

With some negotiation, a permanent transfer for Cortes appears to be a realistic possibility for Rangers.