Rangers star Alfredo Morelos, who missed Saturday’s friendly against Arsenal, has told close friends and family that he wants to leave Ibrox, according to A Bola.
Morelos is contracted until 2023 but has been heavily linked with a move this summer.
While Ligue 1 outfit Lille were the main club showing interest this time last year, it’s Porto who have been most heavily linked in this window.
The Portuguese giants need a new star striker following Moussa Marega’s move to Al-Hilal and it’s been suggested that El Bufalo is their prime target.
A Bola have been providing regular updates on the saga in recent weeks and on Saturday, a fresh report from the Portuguese outlet claimed that Morelos is set to increase the pressure on Rangers to let him leave.
The 25-year-old hasn’t yet reported back following Colombia duty at the Copa America, so he missed Saturday’s 2-2 friendly draw with Arsenal at Ibrox, but it’s claimed that he’s ‘determined to start arm wrestling with Rangers officials’ regarding a transfer [translated].
It’s further suggested that after seeking out information on the Dragons and life in Porto from Colombia teammates Mateus Uribe and Luis Diaz, he has ‘assured his closest circle that he wants to leave the Scottish Champions and accept the invitation made by FC Porto’.
That ‘invitation’ is thought to be a five-year deal, but the report does make it clear that the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement in terms of a transfer fee.
It’s asserted that Rangers are holding out for €15m (£12.9m) with Porto only offering €12m (£10.3m) and a 20% sell-on clause.
The majority of the Rangers fan base want Morelos to stay at Ibrox for at least another season.
However, this Porto speculation isn’t going away and the striker’s alleged desire to move is a big boost for the Portuguese giants.
It’s still relatively early days in the window, though, and the Gers must continue to turn down derisory offers for a player who is worth more than his alleged £12.9m asking price.
In other Rangers transfer news, an update has been provided on star defender Connor Goldson’s future.