Thirty five year old Portuguese defender Bruno Alves is set to move to Rangers. His club Cagliari have confirmed that the player has left the club.

The Serie A club released a statement on their website that Alves exited.

“After a season in red and blue, Bruno Alves leaves the Cagliari to face a new professional challenge,” the statement read. The statement added that the Euro 2016 winner with Portugal arrived at Sardinia last summer but showed “great humility.” It added that his “experience, physicality and charisma” helped the club.

The Ibrox club is expected to sign the player after undergoing a medical. He would be the first signing of Pedro Caixinha. He played 36 games this term, scoring a goal. Rangers FC is expected to offer him a two-year deal after passing the medical. He is expected to cost in the region of £500,000 for the transfer.

Alves is in the Portuguese national team set to play Cyprus in a friendly game on Saturday in preparations for the forthcoming Confederations Cup in Russia poised for June 17 and July 2. This means he can only feature for Ibrox from mid July.

The former Porto, Zenit and Fenerbahce star would be remembered for his poor tackle on Harry Kane when England played Portugal in a friendly game just before the Euro 2016. He earned a straight red for that.

The Europa League campaign begins on June 29 so Alves would be out of selection consideration. He is expected to help them at the back when the league resumes in August.