Rangers have reportedly blocked a move by Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes to sign veteran defender Bruno Alves in a cut-price deal, and it makes perfect sense to keep hold of him just a little bit longer.
According to the Daily Record, the Portuguese side were hoping the Light Blues would negotiate a pay-off with Alves for the final year of his Gers contract and let him move on for free.
The Gers instead have decided to keep hold of Alves – for a while longer at least – as speculation still swirls over his future.
With the Gers having signed Nikola Katic and looking at adding more defenders to the squad, Alves is unlikely to feature much but with the veteran at the World Cup then Rangers should hold off and see if he can create any interest with his performances in Russia.
World Cups are often fantastic opportunities for clubs to get unwanted players off their hands with a few good games in the summer often convincing prospective managers they have unearthed a world-beater.
A few good games for Portugal and Alves’ stock could go through the roof and find someone willing to at least pay his wages and not ask the Light Blues to effectively subsidise part of a deal for the defender.
A few good games could even convince Steven Gerrard he has a world-beater on his hands – but with Alves reportedly earning £28,000 per week it’s unlikely a strong showing in Russia will win him an Ibrox reprieve.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.