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Rangers: Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos attracting interest

There has been an update regarding the future of Rangers striker, Alfredo Morelos, at Ibrox.

What’s the word?

As per El Futbolero, Cruz Azul are believed to be keen on signing the 26-year-old this summer, with the Rangers star facing an uncertain future in Glasgow with just 12 months remaining on his current deal.

Previous reports earlier this summer had suggested that Rangers could be willing to listen to offers for the 11-cap menace, if his contract situation is not resolved.

The former HJK Helsinki man – who joined the Old Firm outfit for just £1m back in 2017 – made his return from injury in the win over Kilmarnock on Saturday, having been absent since the end of March with a thigh issue.

Late summer disaster

‘The Buffalo’ marked his long-awaited comeback with a goal off the bench to help steer Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side to victory, although amid this latest interest the hope will be that it won’t also have been a farewell outing for the prolific Colombian brute.

With a second-leg, Champions League qualifying clash against Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise to come on Tuesday evening, the likelihood is that Morelos hasn’t yet played his final game for the Gers, although doubts will continue to creep in the longer his contract remains unsolved.

This latest interest should hopefully spur sporting director Ross Wilson into action to get a new deal on the table, with it set to prove a late summer disaster if the 5 foot 10 marksman is to be snapped up by a potential suitor with just a matter of weeks remaining in the window.

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That would leave the Scottish Premiership side with little time to secure an adequate replacement, while the fact he has just under a year left remaining on his existing deal would likely lead to a cut-price sale were he to depart.

Having already seen Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo head to Ajax and Southampton, respectively, it would seemingly be an even greater blow to see the £33k-per-week star join them on the list of outgoings, such has been the striker’s impact at the club over the past five seasons.

In that time, the £11.7m-rated powerhouse has netted 114 goals and provided 51 assists in 225 games in all competitions for the club, with the “unplayable” asset – as dubbed by former boss Steven Gerrard – having emerged as something of a talisman in recent times.

Losing such an influential figure – particularly at this stage in the window – would be a significant and unwanted headache for Van Bronckhorst and co.