By Russell Edge

20th Jan, 2018 | 10:59am

Journalist: Top flight side in talks over transfer swoop for Rangers star eyeing exit

Italian top flight side Benevento have opened talks with Rangers over a transfer swoop for summer signing Bruno Alves with the player keen on the move, according to a journalist.
Respected Italian journalist Gianluco Di Marzio has claimed on his personal website that the side sitting at the very foot of Serie A have begun negotiations with the Scottish side over a deal for the Portuguese veteran, who arrived at Ibrox on a free transfer from Benevento’s league rivals Cagliari in 2017.
The 34-year-old centre back, who has 94 caps under his belt for Portugal, has been a regular for manager Graeme Murty in recent weeks, and has made a total of 17 appearances across all competitions for the club, all of those coming in the starting XI.
However he is said to be open to a return to Italy, with only an agreement on the fee with Rangers to be sorted before his exit from Ibrox can be completed.
Football Insider verdict
While Alves has been a regular fixture in Rangers’ line ups since his arrival, he is still yet to win over the Ibrox faithful. He looks as though age has begun to catch up with him and that half a yard of pace that he is missing could make all the difference down the line. He only has a contract until 2019 so if Murty is confident he can do without the experienced international then selling seems a sensible option, as it opens up space for new recruits. However, it would be a risky move, and there is no guarantee the club would be able to find an adequate replacement.
In other Rangers transfer news, Chris Sutton has been left raving over the club’s transfer business this month.

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