Former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has confirmed his desire to bring Ibrox midfielder Carlos Pena back to Mexico with Cruz Azul.
The 27-year-old was Caixinha’s marquee signing in his sole transfer window as Rangers manager and wants the attacking midfielder to join him in Mexico City as he looks to win the Liga MX Clausura.
Pena joined the Gers for £2.2million from Chivas Guadalajara in June but has struggled to impress despite scoring five times in 14 appearances for the Light Blues.
The Daily Mail has reported that Cruz Azul have made a loan bid for Pena and that talks are underway between them and the Glasgow side.
Caixinha admitted that Pena – nicknamed Gullit – is one of a number of players the Mexico City side are looking at as they look for a new attacking midfielder.
“Since my presentation, I said that we were looking for an enganche, we are looking for it and to see what happens. Gullit is one of those possibilities,” Caixinha said, as quoted by Fox Deportes reporter Mónica de Martínez on Twitter.
Caixinha only lasted seven months as Rangers manager after being appointed on a three-and-a-half year deal in March 2017.
After a string of humiliating results, Caixinha was sacked in October following a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
Pena’s Ibrox deal runs until 2020 and with the Mexican widely reported to be one of the highest paid payers at Ibrox, the Gers will be looking to get him off the wage bill as soon as possible.
The Mexican made a brief appearance in last week’s Old Firm clash with Celtic, coming off the bench late on to replace Niko Kranjcar.
Football Insider verdict:
If Rangers can get the bulk of Pena’s wages off the wage bill temporarily then it’s a decent enough move for the Gers to give them a little room to maneuver in the transfer window. If they could somehow get him away in a permanent deal it would be even better. Pena isn’t a bad player but he just doesn’t seem suited to Scottish football. In different circumstances, it could have worked but so far it seems like a case of wrong place at the wrong time for Pena and Rangers. Better players have tried and failed to adjust to life at Rangers
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