By Mike Slater

18th May, 2023 | 7:10pm

Rangers documents signed as Jose Cifuentes transfer now finished

Rangers have signed the documents to complete the transfer of Los Angeles FC midfielder Jose Cifuentes, according to Raffaele Amato.

The Calciomercato journalist has reported that the Bears have beaten Benfica and Toulouse to the signing of the Ecuador international for next season.

The South American starred in the latest World Cup for his country and is now ready to make the jump into European football under Michael Beale.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Amato shared the latest news with the competition already beaten it appears as the deal gets set to be announced.

“Yesterday, after signing all the documents, the Rangers closed the purchase of Jose Cifuentes, the Ecuadorian midfielder of the Los Angeles FC, at zero,” he wrote.

“Beat the competition from Benfica and Toulouse.”

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Midfield has been a real problem area over the last couple of years, with Celtic proving that with their new additions that have dominated easily.

The likes of Steven Davis, John Lundstram and Scott Arfield have not been good enough, and with two of them set to move on this summer, change is coming.

Nicolas Raskin has proved that getting the right profile in midfield will start to swing the balance back in our favour, with Cifuentes only going to add to that.

This is a transfer that should get everyone excited with some very big clubs interested in his signature before Rangers moved in first to get it done.

With European football on the agenda again with Champions League football wanted through qualification, getting these deals done early will only help that.

Documents are signed, it won’t be long until “here we go” in the words of Fabrizio Romano.

In other Rangers news, the Bears are using a head-hunting group to make a key new appointment at Ibrox