By Matt Bullin
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is eyeing up a shock swoop for Portuguese international centre-back Bruno Alves, according to a report.
The Daily Express reports that Caixinha is interested in signing the 35-year-old from Cagliari this summer in a bid to bolster his defensive options.
It would be a shock if a player of the calibre of Alves was willing to make the move to a club in transition and struggling, but Rangers fans will be hoping for some good news this summer after a woeful first season back in the Premiership.
The 89-time Portugal international helped his country to European glory last summer, and has just one year left on his deal at the Italian side.
According to the Express, Rangers hope they will allow the centre-back to leave on a free, though they would be willing to pay a small fee.
Caixinha has tasked his agent Pedro Mendes with persuading Alves to make the move to Glasgow.
The man in charge at Ibrox has stated that he will not make any risky signings this summer, and he will only sign players that have played for him before or that he has seen a lot of.
Alves has been a mainstay of the Cagliari defence this season, appearing 33 times in Serie A, scoring once.
Football Insider verdict
Alves is a vastly experienced centre-half having played over 100 games for Porto, Zenit and Fenerbahce – as well as nearly reaching the landmark for his country. There is no doubt that his presence would lift the dressing room and he has plenty of knowledge to pass onto Caixinha’s young side. He still also clearly has quality, having been a regular in Cagliari’s side this term, guiding them to a mid-table finish in Serie A. If Caixinha can pull this off, it would be one of the shock signings of the summer but also, perhaps, one of the best.
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