Jose Cifuentes, the 24-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder, is set to leave Rangers for Cruzeiro but not before navigating through a series of delays. The move has been postponed due to Brazil’s carnival season which has slowed down processes across the country.
Cifuentes was previously approached by Turkish side Rizespor during the transfer window but opted against moving to the Super Lig. Instead, he favored a return to South America and found an opportunity with Serie A club Cruzeiro, owned by Brazilian football legend Ronaldo.
According to reports from South America, Cifuentes will not travel to Brazil until next Thursday. This delay is attributed to Brazilian employment laws that necessitate him completing paperwork in his home country.
Despite these setbacks, there seems no rush as the Brazilian transfer window remains open until March 7. Once all formalities are settled, Cifuentes is expected to make his debut for Cruzeiro in their Campeonato Mineiro state league match against Democrata.
The media outlet No Ataque detailed the timeline of events, explaining how Carnival festivities have impacted the player’s ability to complete necessary bureaucratic procedures promptly. They reported that after leaving Scotland this Friday, Cifuentes would spend about six days in Ecuador sorting out pending issues related to his move before heading to Belo Horizonte.
Rangers manager Philippe Clement had expressed willingness to keep counting on Cifuentes if needed, praising his mentality and acknowledging interest from both parties involved in the potential transfer. With a deal yet unconfirmed at that time, Clement stated: “There is interest…but there is no deal yet so we will see.”