By Jonty Banks

23rd May, 2023 | 11:30am

Rangers transfer news as Jose Cifuentes move could save club millions

Michael Beale is expected to ring the changes on his Rangers first-team squad this summer, and one transfer that could be a financial masterstroke and save the club millions is that of Jose Cifuentes.

The Gers boss admitted that as many as a dozen Rangers players could be heading out the Ibrox gates at the end of the season, but whether he can afford to bring in quality replacements remains a nagging question.

BBC Sport reporter Tom English reported that Rangers would get millions in their “rebuild project” due to the departures of numerous players on “lavish wages” this summer.

Such players include the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Allan McGregor, who are all set to leave Ibrox at the end of the season when their contracts expire.

After saving millions on the exits of these first-team stars on lucrative contracts, Cifuentes looks like a dream option on a cut-price deal and a cut-price wage.

Football Scotland reported that the Ecuadorian international currently earns around £410,000 per year at Los Angeles FC, which equates to a weekly wage of £7,800

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Considering that the midfielder is also out of contract at the MLS club at the end of the season in December 2023, it is unlikely Rangers will have to pay any substantial fee for his services.

If the Gers can get this move over the line, it really looks like a match made in heaven.

The cheap nature of Cifuentes’ deal could, in turn, allow Rangers to explore several more avenues in the upcoming transfer window. The club have already all but finalised deals for Norwich’s Kieran Dowell and Chelsea’s Dujon Sterling, but a striker, wide attacking options and a goalkeeper will still be on the summer shopping list.

Getting Cifuentes through the door on a mere yearly wage of around £400,000 looks like an option too great to miss out on.

The 24-year-old has international experience, has racked up just shy of 100 appearances for LAFC and looks ready-made for a move to Scottish football.

This transfer is a no-brainer and could save Rangers millions.

In other Rangers news, a forgotten man is Ibrox-bound after a transfer decision has been made.