Rangers fans look set for some more bad news this week, with reports suggesting that Porto will submit an improved bid for Alfredo Morelos as the Colombian’s exit certainly seems on the cards following Steven Gerrard’s side’s failure to reach the Champions League group stage.
Whilst the 25-year-old scored the goal to level the tie on aggregate at Ibrox on Tuesday night, his work was undone by a shaky defence which shipped two goals in quick succession to hand ten-man Malmo a win which ended the Gers’ hopes in the Champions League for this season.
As a result, it seems likely that Rangers will have to cash in on some of their key players this summer to balance the books, and Morelos is one of the prime candidates to leave, with Porto having been heavily linked with El Bufalo throughout the summer.
According to Portuguese news outlet A Bola (via Daily Record), the Portuguese giants are likely to act following Rangers’ defeat against Malmo at Ibrox and are confident of securing a deal for the forward.
The report claims that Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is keen on signing the striker and sees him as the ideal fit for his side, so it seems increasingly likely that Morelos will leave Ibrox before the transfer window shuts.
The Colombia international has been a huge hit at Rangers since joining from HJK Helsinki in 2017, contributing 94 goals and 43 assists in 184 appearances for the Teddy Bears, establishing himself as the Gers’ top scorer in European competitions.
Gerrard was full of praise for Morelos in 2019 after he scored a brace, coincidentally against Porto in the Europa League, saying: “Buff’s composure and finish was world-class. I think tonight you see the importance he is to me, to Rangers.
“It’s the reason why there’s so much fuss and so much talk about Alfredo and why he’s linked with so many teams – because he’s an outstanding footballer.
“Tonight again he showed the reason why we have to keep him here. For us to be successful moving forward, he’s a key component.”
Therefore, Gerrard and Rangers fans will no doubt be devastated if Morelos were to leave Ibrox this summer, but after the embarrassment of Tuesday night’s defeat, the Gers only have themselves to blame if the Colombian moves on.