Free-spending Latin American heavyweights 'have their sights on' Rangers star - report
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Pedro Caixinha's Cruz Azul want Rangers star Alfredo Morelos - report

The Scottish Sun reports that Cruz Azul want to sign Alfredo Morelos.
The 22-year-old striker is hot property after becoming the first Ger to score 30 goals in a season since Kris Boyd.

Morelos banged them in for fun at times last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Morelos won the inaugural SPL Tartan Ball last season, too. He finished on 18 league strikes, one clear of Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove [BBC Sport].
That goalscoring prowess is why Pedro Caixinha apparently wants to reunite with the player he brought to Ibrox in 2017.
His Cruz Azul side finished top of the Liga MX Apertura last season. However, they then lost out to Club America in a playoff, ensuring it’s 21 years since they last claimed an overall Mexican title.

In order to bring success back, the board has funded significant spending in recent times. Orbelin Pineda, Juan Escobar, and Milton Caraglio have all been signed in the last year for a combined total of over £20 million.

Caixinha has been allowed to spend big in order to bring silverware back to Cruz. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)

Now, it’s suggested they’ve given their manager the go-ahead to bring in a top striker.
“We are in the market for one more striker and we are actively looking to bring a new player in,” said Caixinha as
quoted by the Scottish Sun. 
“Last season, our main weakness was a lack of goals. Ideally, I’d love to add a player who can guarantee us goals.”


While the prospect of playing at the 87,000 capacity Azteca stadium, under a manager he knows well, may be appealing for Morelos, it’s likely to take a lot of work to get him to move to Latin America.
Cruz Azul are free-spending, so perhaps the transfer fee would be no great issue.

Morelos would command at least an eight-figure fee. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, Morelos has regularly spoken about his love of European football and his desire to play in the Premier League [
Daily Record]. There’s said to be interest from Newcastle United [Daily Record] and Leicester City [Sky Sports]. Either of those options would be much more in line with his stated career goals.
After progressing so much in recent seasons, he would risk undoing his good work with a move to Mexico City.

Of course, he may still opt to stay in Glasgow. He’s contracted to Rangers until 2023 and Gerrard would likely rather get one more season of goals out of him than watch him leave – regardless of the fee.

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