Rangers eye 'significant profit' on Jose Cifuentes sale - Chris Jack
Rangers believe there is “money to be made” on Jose Cifuentes over all of the summer signings and are “really confident” he can reach the “next level”, according to Chris Jack.
The Herald journalist said on the Rangers Review YouTube channel on 19 September that if the midfielder is still at the club in four years or more “something’s gone wrong” because the club expect to sell him on for a “significant profit” within a couple of seasons.
After a protracted pursuit Ecuador international arrived from LAFC during the MLS break, but has blown hot and cold so far in his time at Ibrox.
Jack said (13m): “I know he’s someone the club are really confident can go to that next level, there’s a lot of progression in him. Out of all of them he’s the one they think there’s actually a bit of money to be made there.
“Dessers and Lammers for example are slightly older. You might get your money back on them but you’re not going to make huge, huge profits on them in terms of the player trading model. Cifuentes is on the other end of that scale, I think he fits into that.
“Rangers put a lot of work in over a long time to convince him Rangers and Ibrox was the place to come and play his football, had his agents over for the Old Firm game last season and gave them the big sell… they convinced Cifuentes and his family and his agent of the project, and showed him how his career can develop here.
“It’s been an okay start… but I don’t think we should be too harsh on him. He’s certainly one that once he gets up to speed, if he’s still here in four or five years something’s gone wrong.
“He should be the next one of: come in, hopefully win something with him, and then sell him on within a couple of years for a fairly significant profit.”
Cifuentes has made six appearances so far in all competitions and initially looked like he might be pushing Jack Butland as the pick of the new signings.
But after a rough outing in the 5-1 defeat at PSV Eindhoven he has been out of the side, and he only has one SPFL game under his belt.
In light of the latest injury blow, with Nico Raskin joining Todd Cantwell out of action he may well be in with another opportunity to regain his form.
He, as with every new player has some adapting to do, with his switch from the other side of the Atlantic arguably the biggest transition of all this summer, although the fact that he was already match fit should have played in his favour.
But Beale could certainly do with him starting to stake a claim to a regular starting role now with key men unavailable, since he needs results to save his job in the short term.
Longer term Cifuentes will need to build up a strong body of work if Rangers are going to realise the profit they hope to make on him.
He looks to have all the tools but, as with most of the transfer haul this year, he is taking a while to get it to click so far.