Rangers Football Club could be on the verge of securing the highly anticipated signing of Los Angeles FC midfielder, Jose Cifuentes. Following prolonged negotiations, both clubs are reportedly confident that an agreement can finally be reached, providing a boost to Rangers fans and Michael Beale, who have eagerly awaited this transfer throughout the summer window. The Daily Record has revealed that talks have resumed between the Scottish giants and LAFC during the current MLS break, bringing renewed hope of a successful conclusion to the deal.
Michael Beale has been persistent in his pursuit of Cifuentes, aiming to secure the player’s services this summer rather than waiting until his LAFC contract expires in December. However, the transfer hit a snag recently, with the move put on hold, and it seemed unlikely that Rangers would reach an agreement with the MLS side for another couple of weeks. Nevertheless, a positive turn of events suggests that the deal is now within grasp and may be finalized in the upcoming days.
With the MLS on a break until the end of August, both Rangers and LAFC are looking to utilize this time to finalize the details of the transfer. After Cifuentes played a full 90 minutes in a recent 1-1 draw against Minnesota, discussions have intensified, and there are indications that a fee of approximately £1 million has been proposed. Sources suggest that both clubs are confident of reaching an agreement, with Cifuentes, who has earned 16 international caps, expressing his keenness to make the move.
As negotiations progress, only minor details of the reported £1 million deal need to be ironed out. Should the transfer go through, it would mark Rangers’ eighth signing of the summer, providing Beale with a significant boost in bolstering his midfield options. Cifuentes has long been regarded as the ideal addition, with his ability to provide dynamism, creativity, and goal-scoring prowess from the central midfield position.
The Ecuadorian midfielder’s statistics reflect his importance to the team. His impressive record of 7.69 progressive passes per 90 minutes (91st percentile) and 2.47 progressive carries per 90 minutes (91st percentile) showcases his ability to provide attacking impetus from deep positions [FBRef]. Additionally, Cifuentes has shown his goal-scoring ability for a central midfielder, with 0.16 goals per 90 minutes (90th percentile), making him a significant threat in the attacking third for LAFC.
Throughout the transfer saga, the deal for this South American gem seemed tantalizingly close, only to be hindered by unexpected setbacks. While Rangers had the option to wait until Cifuentes’ contract expires in December to sign him on a free transfer, Beale’s eagerness to integrate new signings promptly and challenge Celtic in the Scottish Premiership led to the pursuit of an immediate agreement. Fortunately, Cifuentes has avoided injury in recent matches, eliminating the risk of derailing the transfer, and the month-long MLS break has provided Rangers with ample time to negotiate freely with LAFC.