Midfielder José Cifuentes, a crucial player in LAFC’s 2022 MLS Cup-winning run, is set to continue his career in Europe. According to soccer insider Fabrizio Romano, Scottish side Rangers are in advanced talks to secure a deal with LAFC for Ecuador international.
Reportedly, Cifuentes’ agents already met with Rangers representatives to discuss the contract, and LAFC is not expected to stand in the way. The 24-year-old player is set to become a free agent in January, and the Los Angeles team would like to get something for the player rather than letting him walk away for free.
Cifuentes previously attracted the attention of several European clubs, with Leeds United and Espanyol being interested in his services. However, Rangers appeared to be the most aggressive side and will now boost their roster with a talented player for next season.
José Cifuentes came to MLS in 2020 from Ecuadorian club Universidad Católica in a transfer worth $3 million. He played 93 games for the club, scoring 13 goals and dishing 18 assists. He helped the club win the MLS Cup trophy and Supporters’ Shield honors.
Cifuentes also plays for Ecuador’s national team and has 15 appearances for the senior team. He was a member of the roster that made the trip to the 2022 World Cup and played two games.