Reviewed : Rangers forced to wait for in-demand defender worth £400,000

Reviewed : Rangers forced to wait for in-demand defender worth £400,000

Reviewed : Rangers forced to wait for in-demand defender worth £400,000

Jefte apologized to APOEL on social media for his unsuccessful

move to Rangers during the January transfer window.

On February 2, the full-back explained on Instagram stories why he allegedly went AWOL

when the Light Blues attempted to recruit him from parent club Fluminense before Deadline Day.

Rangers and the Brazilian team were said to have agreed on a £400,000 contract,

but after being unable to complete a permanent transfer,

the Cypriots allegedly demanded equivalent money to cut his loan short.

That finally made an Ibrox move impossible,

but Fabrizio Romano says he is still expected to be in Glasgow

at the conclusion of the season after a verbal agreement was reached.

The 20-year-old wrote, according to the Scottish Sun,

“To all APOEL fans, my teammates, the coach, the president, and the entire club staff,

I apologize for my absence.” At the time of the incident, I didn’t feel like I could help the club, so I left.

“The institution deserves my full commitment, dedication, and focus,

as it has in recent months and will continue to do so in the future.

“We remain stronger than ever and are now 100% focused on the main objective of winning the championship.”

Rangers have to wait for an in-demand defender.

It looks that Jefte was ready to join Rangers right away, but it has eventually proven to be impossible,

so he was probably left with little choice but to mend fences at APOEL for the coming months.

Left-back emerged as a prominent area of emphasis during the January transfer window,

but none of the exit-linked incumbents, Ridvan Yilmaz or Borna Barisic, have left,

so things appear to be as they were for the remainder of the season.

The Croatian’s contract expires in the summer,

so if Rangers reach an agreement to sign the young Brazilian,

it may be a one-in, one-out deal at the end of the season.

The biggest variable is undoubtedly Galatasaray’s continued drive to take the Turk away from Ibrox,

although the situation remains unresolved after another window has closed.


Philippe Clement was eventually able to bring in three new players,

but he had intended for five, and the squabble about Jefte’s absence will definitely have been frustrating.

The Belgian must now pray that no injury or loss of form occurs between now and the summer,

as this could jeopardize the future move.

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