There is still a lot of doubt surrounding Alfredo Morelos’ future at Rangers as we enter the final month of the transfer window, with Porto reportedly keen on adding to the Colombian to their squad, and it would be a huge blow for Steven Gerrard if he were to leave Ibrox.
The Portuguese side have regularly been linked with the 25-year-old forward throughout the transfer window and following the signing of Fashion Sakala, it seems as if Gerrard already has his replacement ready should he depart.
In a recent interview with The Transfer Tavern, Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge claimed that:
“I think Porto are the club that still want him.”
Rumours have died down in recent weeks, perhaps due to Morelos’ involvement in the Copa America earlier in the summer but from what Bridges suggests, Rangers should be expecting another bid from Porto for their star striker in the near future.
Since joining Rangers in 2017, Morelos has gone on to make 182 appearances for the Gers, contributing an impressive 94 goals and 43 assists in that time, whilst he also played a key part in their title success last season.
The Colombia international also became Rangers’ top scorer in European competitions when he broke Ally McCoist’s record last year, so Gerrard will surely want to keep him around as they prepare to feature in the Champions League, with their qualifying campaign beginning against Malmo tomorrow evening.
Morelos has regularly been dubbed “outstanding” by Gerrard during his tenure at Ibrox and he is much more than just a goalscorer in this Rangers side, so it would be a huge blow to lose a player of his quality.
However, he has less than two years left on his contract at Ibrox and is currently valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, so this summer might be the best time to sell him from a financial perspective, although Rangers are pretty much guaranteed to make a significant profit on the £1m they reportedly paid to sign him from HJK Helsinki.
Rangers’ attack would look considerably weaker if he were to leave, so Gers fans will surely be worried that Porto reportedly retain an interest in signing Morelos this summer.
If they do come in for him, given his contract situation, Rangers may decide that the time is right, from a business perspective, to cash in.
From a financial viewpoint, that makes sense, but it would still be a blow for Gerrard to lose the club’s best-ever European goalscorer in a season where he wants his side to compete in Europe’s elite club competition.
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