By Danny Wright
Rangers are hoping to complete a double swoop for Benfica players Daniel Candeias and Dalcio at some point this week, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that a season-long loan move for Dalcio is close to being completed as Pedro Caixinha aims to seal additions to his squad before pre-season training begins on 5 June.
It is understood that the Light Blues are also interested in Vitoria Setubal centre-back Fabio Cordoso and that talks are currently taking place.
However the Scottish Sun reports that Wolves are also interested in the 23-year-old and Vitoria are keen to start a bidding war between the two sides who both have links to Portugal.
Candeias, 29, has previously worked with Caixinha during his spell at Nacional but is yet to make a senior first-team appearance with Benfica.
Dalcio is one of the more exciting players linked to Ibrox.
The 21-year-old has featured heavily in Benfica’s B team this season, playing 33 times in the Portuguese second tier and scoring one goal and supplying three assists.
He is a six-times Portugal Under-20 international and signed from Belenenses in 2015 but, like Candeias, is yet to make a first-team appearance.
Candeias is a verastile winger who has spent the season on loan with Alanyaspor in Turkey where he made 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s good to see that Caixinha is getting in his transfer dealings early because it could really come back to bite him if he leaves things until last minute. However the ex-Santos Laguna boss was desperate to make sure he comprised his backroom staff of people who knew Rangers and understood Scottish football – so why is he targeting players that don’t match that philosophy? They can teach them about it sure, but wouldn’t it be better to start looking at Scottish players or at least people who have been playing well in the English Football League. His previous experience working with Candeias is perhaps a positive but it is ultimately a big risk.