Rangers have blocked a move by Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes to sign veteran defender Bruno Alves, according to a report, by refusing to release him from the final year of his contract.

According to the Daily Record, the Portuguese side wanted the Gers to terminate Alves’ contract a year early and allow him to walk away from Ibrox and allow them to do a cut-price deal for the World Cup-bound defender.

Alves joined the Gers last summer from Cagliari but struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting XI after a series of disappointing performances.

Football Insider verdict:

If Guimaraes want to sign Alves then they can either cough up a transfer fee and buy out his deal or they can find the money to make up the shortfall in his wages. Expecting the Gers to take a substantial hit on the final year of Alves deal to allow him to move on would be a crazy move by the Light Blues. Despite not particularly impressing since moving to Ibrox, Alves does bring a massive amount of experience to the club and can help guide the younger defenders as they continue their development. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Alves leave Rangers this summer but the defender is only going to leave if it is a deal that suits the Light Blues. An impressive showing at the World Cup in Russia over the summer could put the veteran in the shop window an help earn him a move away from Ibrox.

In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.

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