MEXICAN World Cup midfielder Carlos Pena is flying to Glasgow for talks with Rangers’ boss Pedro Caixhina.
The player is well known to Caixhina from his time with Santos Laguna where he spent nearly three years with the Liga MX club.
Pena has played all of his football in his native country on loan at Leon and parent club Guadalajara but is eager to play in the United Kingdom and is flying out to help hasten the deal. Negotiations have taken place with Guadalajara and a three year contract is on the table for the exciting midfielder.
The 27-year-old, nicknamed “Gullit” in his homeland for his resemblance to the former Dutch international, is sure to excite Rangers fans with his reputation for scoring spectacular goals.
There is one potential stumbling block to the move, Pena has played 19 times for his country which is not enough to qualify automatically for a work permit.
Rangers are due to report back for pre-season training in preparation for their Europa League bid where success is a long shot. The Ibrox are rated 500/1 to win the competition by bookmakers. Its a risky bet for even the most ardent supporter and a safer option is to bet risk free on matchedbets.com.
The Rangers boss is closing in on deals for a number of targets but faces a race against time to have everything wrapped up before the Europa League qualifying gets underway at the end of June.
The highly publicised transfer of out-of-contract Aberdeen ace Jack Ryan has yet to be finalised however the deal for 35-year-old Bruno Alves is imminent with the Portuguese defender expected soon for a medical.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes raised eyebrows when selecting Ryan to start the Scottish Cup final after the player had been stripped of the captaincy. However the 25-year-old showed his quality with a farewell performance described as “brilliant” by team mates. Sadly for the Dons, Celtic won the match 2-1 with Australian Tom Rogic scoring a wonder gaol deep into stoppage time to clinch it for the Parkhead side.
Rangers will pay a nominal fee to release Alves from the final year of his contract with Serie A club Cagliari. The experienced defender still has much to offer and will miss Rangers’ get together as he joins up with the Portugal squad as they head to Russia for the Confederations Cup.
Also on Caixhina’s shopping list is the £1m rated Vitoria Setubal defender Fabio Cardosa while negotiations are at an advanced stage to bring Benfica B striker Dalcio to Ibrox on loan.
The 46-year-old’s plans to rebuild Rangers hinge around creating funds from sales and he has been busy clearing the decks to make way for new signings. Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos have already left Ibrox and the next departure is set to be striker Joe Garner who has been linked to a move to former club Preston North End.