Despite serious interest from Porto and Cagliari, Steven Gerrard should do everything he can to keep Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox this summer, as the 25-year-old could be crucial to any success in the Champions League for the Gers.
In a recent interview with This Is Futbol, former Rangers defender Michael Ball has claimed that the Colombian could be sold by Gerrard’s side this summer, saying: “Alfredo is always rumoured with leaving the football club.
“He seems like he’s very ambitious and wants to go to that next level again but I think there’s a possibility that he will stay for one more year. I don’t think he will be at Rangers in two or three years’ time. I think he will move on.
“Rangers will cash in at some point.”
Jordan Campbell, Rangers correspondent for The Athletic, recently claimed that the Light Blues may well be forced into player sales this summer as they look to raise around £14m, and therefore Morelos is perhaps one of the likeliest members of Gerrard’s squad to depart.
The 25-year-old striker has been heavily linked with Porto, whilst Serie A side Cagliari also reportedly had a bid rejected by Rangers, so if either of those can meet the Gers’ asking price, then it seems as if Morelos could well be on his way out of Glasgow.
However, the club should consider the financial boost which progressing in the Champions League can have, with $19.1m (£13.8m) on offer should Rangers reach the group stage of the competition, whilst they can also earn themselves around £2.4m with each win in the group stage.
There is little doubt that the Colombia international is one of the most talented players in Gerrard’s squad, having scored 17 goals or more in each of his four seasons so far at Ibrox. Also, given that he is the club’s all-time record goalscorer in Europe, they should definitely be looking to keep him around as they make their return to Champions League action.
The “top-class” striker is also a real fans’ favourite, so whilst Ball suggests that Rangers may well cash in on him this summer, the Scottish champions should be doing everything in their power to keep him in their squad for next season, as Gerrard will likely need the Colombian’s goalscoring prowess if they are to make their mark in Europe’s premier club competition.
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