By Danny Wright
Rangers will not sign Jose Javier Abella this summer, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the defender will not be the third Mexican player to move to Ibrox under Pedro Caixinha’s overhaul of the squad.
It is understood that Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera are close to moving to Rangers and are currently awaiting work permits.
It is a major development in the pursuit of the right-back, as a separate report in the Scottish Sun claimed that Abella was close to moving from Caixinha’s former club Santos Laguna after the president confirmed one of his players are in talks with the Light Blues.
“There is a player at Santos that interests him. We are in negotiations about him,” said Santos Laguna chief Alejandro Irarragorri.
Caixinha has already made solid improvements to his squad since the Scottish season ended with Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio and Fabio Cardoso confirmed as arrivals.
Gers are yet to sign a right-back, and Abella, 23, could potentially have been used to provide back up, or even improve on James Tavernier.
Abella has spent his entire career with Santos Laguna, making 133 appearances for them across all competitions.
He earned three caps with the Mexico Under-20s side and also played a part in their 2016 Olympic squad in Brazil as they failed to make it out of the group stages.
Football Insider Verdict
This is not a massive blow for Rangers because they still have plenty of time to try and find a different right-back to sign this summer. However the Santos Laguna president never mentioned which player was in talks with the Light Blues, meaning it could potentially be another one of his squad that is attracting attention from Glasgow. Either way, Tavernier is a decent right-back option and has impressed Caixinha in his few months in charge at Ibrox. He could definitely go on to be his starting full-back for the upcoming season if the Portuguese boss doesn’t find a replacement.
In other Rangers news, this goal-a-game attacker is awaiting a permit ahead of a move to Ibrox.