When Bruno Alves arrived at Rangers it already looked a risky move.

The plus side was signing a well known player with good experience, and one motivated to do well.

The negative was throwing a then 35 year old in the winter of his career into the Scottish Premiership, a league he’d probably never watched outside of Rangers matches against Celtic and football he perhaps needed to get used to.

It hasn’t worked out and Graeme Murty doesn’t count on the Portuguese defender in his Ibrox plans. Aan exit seems the best for everyone involved, and that’s where Benevento come in.

The struggling Italian side are rooted to the bottom of Serie A, having picked up seven points all season. Eighteen losses from 21 games tells its own story, and conceding 46 goals helps illustrate it further.

It’s not the most attractive of destinations, and Gazzetta dello Sport report there’s still work to do to convince Bruno Alves. The Italian newspaper say efforts are ongoing to ‘reduce the distance’ between the parties in a potential deal.

Benevento are already looking at alternatives in case the Rangers transfer doesn’t happen.