By Graeme Hanna

18th May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Rangers transfer news as very strong offer made to Jose Cifuentes after agent visit

Rangers are said to have made a “very strong offer” to Jose Cifuentes as reported by journalist Stefano Navas, in the Los Angeles midfielder’s homeland.

Navas has added comments on a recent visit to Glasgow to recent reports that the Ecuador international is closing in [Scottish Sun] on a summer switch to Ibrox, as part of Michael Beale’s rebuild of the squad.

Cifuentes is out of contract at the end of the MLS season later this year but Rangers want to do a deal to bring the player to Glasgow, immediately.

Further information on the proposed switch for the central midfielder was provided by Navas on his Twitter account, as above.

“I just spoke to the representative of Cifuentes and he assured me he was in Glasgow last weekend,” he said.

“Rangers have made a very strong offer, but the main attraction is being able to play in the Champions League or the Europa League and (to) move to the Scottish league that has been raising its level.”

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At 24, with significant experience for Ecuador including two appearances at the 2022 World Cup, Cifuentes has been in LA for the last three and a half years.

His pedigree is an interesting one but there are no guarantees that he will be a success for Rangers, playing under the unique demands at Ibrox but he does appear to have the right physical profile for Scottish football.

The lure of European football is an obvious yet enduring one, as well as the shop window that is provided for a potential onward, upward move to the Premier League.

The comments above indicate that advanced discussions are ongoing as Beale aims to piece together as much of his jigsaw as possible, for the very early stages of pre-season late next month.

Rangers are clearly intent on getting business done early in order to hit the ground running for the Champions League qualifiers, whilst news will be coming in the next couple of weeks on those players who will be departing the club on the expiry of their contracts.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox chief speaks out for the first time on Beale’s summer spending plans.