Date: 31st May 2018 at 7:31am
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Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes are said to be plotting a shock swoop for 36-year-old Rangers veteran Bruno Alves, according to a report.

The Daily Record claims that Alves’ former club – he spent the 2003/04 season on loan there from Porto – is exploring options with two major hurdles to overcome.

Both are financial – Alves has one year left on his contract with Rangers and is reportedly being paid £28k-a-week.

The report claims that Rangers would have to waive any fee and give Alves a pay-off to make up for the drop in salary.

Football Insider verdict:

How badly do Rangers want to get rid of Alves? He had a stop-start season for Rangers, and you would have to imagine that Gerrard would be confident of getting much better in for his estimated wage packet of £28k-a-week. However, he only has a year left on his contract so waiving a fee and paying Alves to compensate for his reduced wages doesn’t seem to make much sense. Vitoria Guimaraes would obviously be getting a great deal from it – perhaps why the Daily Record has called the move a shock one and “audacious”. Rangers might consider waiving the fee for the veteran player in order to get his salary off the books, so this one could happen. But we don’t see it going down exactly as Vitoria Guimaraes see it. Funnily enough, Alves has made 25 appearances now for both sides, although he’s scored one more goal at Rangers. Will his next senior appearance be his 26th for one of these two clubs?

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