Plenty of stories this week – Rangers or otherwise – have had a little thread of Newcastle United running through them, but the latest provides a transfer dilemma at Ibrox.
The story surrounding the controversial Saudi Arabian takeover of the Geordie club has been the biggest in sport this last week or so and it comes as no surprise.
But whilst some may be finding particularly loose links to St James Park as part of the news cycle, Rangers have been genuinely cited alongside the club all week.
Whether it’s links to Steven Gerrard or the situation surrounding shared retailers Castore, there’s been plenty of talk surrounding Rangers and the Magpies.
But one report perhaps presents Rangers with the biggest dilemma of all after Alfredo Morelos – who has been linked to Newcastle in the past – was cited as a striking target after the takeover.
Last linked back in January 2020, Morelos has once again been mentioned alongside Newcastle United only this time they have a cash mountain to dig in to.
With the Saudi Public Investment Fund reportedly boasting wealth of £320bn Newcastle are theoretically the richest club in football [Independent].
It’s clear the club are going to spend in January and according to the Express Alfredo Morelos is on a shortlist alongside the likes of Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Man Utd’s Anthony Martial.
Rangers transfer dilemma as Morelos linked to megabucks Newcastle
Morelos has made no bones about his “dream” of playing in the Premier League and given the wealth driving Newcastle Morelos presents an interesting option.
The striker is about to enter the final 18 months of his contract and you suspect Rangers are likely to cash in either in January or the summer.
The Toon Army certainly have the wealth to invest in their playing squad and with Rangers valuing Morelos anywhere £15m and £20m this is an affordable acquisition for the Magpies.
Should a bid in this region land – and given Rangers’ clear messaging regarding the need for player trading – then it’s difficult to imagine Morelos remaining at Ibrox beyond the window.
But after almost five years at Ibrox – and with a title-winning medal for 55 in the bag and (hopefully) his status as an Ibrox centurion – it’s hard to see Gers fans begrudging him the move either.
Meanwhile, one player linked to Rangers tasted international World Cup disappointment during the break alongside an Ibrox legend.