Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos has revealed that there are a number of clubs interested in signing him this summer.
Although the Colombian has stated he is happy in Glasgow, the need to play at the highest level may convince him to leave Ibrox. He said to Primer Tiempo:
“I know that there are many interested clubs asking and as soon as there is something official I will be announcing it. But I’m committed to Rangers just now. I’ve had a good season and many clubs are interested and hopefully, everything will be done in the right way.
“I dream of playing in a much better, more competitive league. I look at the English Premier League and the Spanish League. The leagues in France and Italy are very big leagues too and very competitive.”
Rangers reportedly rejected an £8m offer from Beijing Renhe 18 months ago, while bids from Germany, France and Turkey have also been turned down.
Despite Morelos’s indiscipline (he has been sent off five times this season), the forward’s 29 goals in all competitions make him an integral player for manager Steven Gerrard.
At 22 years of age, the Colombian international is likely to improve in the coming years too, so would selling the striker this summer be a mistake or the right move?
Replacing 30 goals would be a huge challenge for Gerrard and his recruitment team. The 2-0 win over Celtic last weekend shows the Gers are very close to overhauling their Old Firm rivals next season if they make the right decisions in the transfer market.
In that respect, it is hard to see how you could justify selling Morelos at this crucial stage. Gerrard is building a squad capable of challenging for the title, and losing arguably your best player would seriously damage those hopes.
However, if a significant fee does arrive for the Rangers striker, it would give the club the opportunity to reinvest that money in higher calibre players.
While Gerrard has said he is only targeting free transfers at the moment, like Jake Hastie and Steven Davis, and that he will begin making moves for other stars when the transfer window officially reopens, there are concerns about the lack of funds to bring in the standard of player needed.
Reports have linked Rangers with a £450,000 move for an English League Two player, Oldham defender George Edmundson, this week. There have to be question marks over whether the centre-back has the ability to replace Joe Worrall who is returning to Nottingham Forest; most likely to play in their first team next season.
It’s probably too early to judge what level of backing the Rangers board are willing to give Gerrard, but you can bet that if Morelos was sold, the manager would have a far larger transfer kitty and much more flexibility.
Selling the Colombian could allow the team to be completely transformed in title challengers if the money is re-invested wisely.
It is a difficult call to make, but that’s why the board appointed someone like Gerrard who has experience of the highest level and can make the right choices. His decision on Morelos could well define his tenure in charge.