A report from O Jogo has suggested a significant boost for Rangers regarding Alfredo Morelos as the start of the 2021/22 season beckons.
Morelos has been heavily linked with a move to Porto during the current transfer window, as the Portuguese giants search for a replacement for previous star striker Moussa Marega, who has joined Al-Hilal.
El Bufalo is under contract until 2023, but earlier this month, A Bola reported that he would try to convince Rangers officials to sell him, having already asked Colombia teammates Mateus Uribe and Luis Diaz about life in Portugal’s second-largest city.
The consistent issue throughout the window has allegedly been a sizeable gap between the two clubs in terms of their valuations of the player.
Rangers have previously rated Morelos at £20m but it’s now being claimed that they are holding out for at least €15m (£12.9m) with Porto only offering €12m (£10.3m) and a 20% sell-on clause.
And now, O Jogo reports that the chances of the Dragons landing Morelos this summer are ‘fading’ [translated].
That’s because although the Light Blues star is still said to be the priority replacement for Marega, there’s been no progress with the situation for a number of weeks.
Given that Morelos is now self-isolating in the UK with a view to joining up with his Gers teammates next week, it’s seen as increasingly unlikely that he’ll move to Portugal.
While it’s far from ideal that the timing of Morelos’ return will see him miss out on the opening Premiership fixture and the Champions League third qualifying round first leg against Malmo, it would be a major boost if he was available for the rest of the season.
Rangers do need to cash in on a few of their major assets sooner rather than later and there’s now plenty of depth up top with the likes of Fashion Sakala, Cedric Itten, Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe all on the books.
Yet, Morelos has many qualities that would be extremely difficult to replace if he moved on and the Gers are simply a better team when he’s playing.
Ahead of Saturday’s Premiership opener against Livington, Rangers appear to have received a triple boost but Gerrard has confirmed one major injury blow.