By Matt Farr
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has confirmed his interest in experienced defender Bruno Alves.
The Scottish Sun claim that the 35-year-old has already agreed to become Caixinha’s first signing at Ibrox this summer, although negotiations are still ongoing with his current club Cagliari.
Caixinha is determined to add more experience to his squad despite allowing veteran duo Clint Hill and Philippe Senderos to leave at the end of the season, and Alves has been made a top target.
But the Portuguese has once again confirmed his interest in the Euro 2016 winner, although he also joked he was interested in signing world-class duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account on Friday: “Bruno Alves is a fantastic player. I would like to sign him, Ronaldo and Messi.”
PC: Bruno Alves is a fantastic players. I would like to sign him, Ronaldo and Messi.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 19, 2017
Yet while a move for Alves appears to be moving closer to completion, his declaration of interest in both Messi and Ronaldo is purely tongue-in-cheek.
Rangers simply wouldn’t have the financial resources to even complete a deal for the duo, let alone the fact that a move to Scotland likely wouldn’t be the most preferable destination.
Messi has won four Champions League titles for Barcelona, but his La Liga rival could match him if Real Madrid beat Juventus in the Final later this month.
Alves, meanwhile, has vast European experience, but Portugal’s European Championship win last summer remains his one and only major European honour.
The centre-back has enjoyed spells with European giants Porto, Fenerbahce and Zenit St. Petersburg.
In other Rangers transfer news, the club are keen to tie up a deal for a creative spark this week.