Alfredo Morelos’ future at Rangers has been cast into further doubt, with the Ibrox outfit reportedly open to selling him this summer if he cannot agree to a new contract with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
What’s the word?
According to journalist Graeme Bailey, Rangers could cash in on the free-scoring forward this summer if a new contract cannot be agreed upon, as they look to avoid losing him for nothing when his current deal expires in 2023.
Since signing from HJK Helsinki in 2017, ‘El Bufalo’ has gone on to make 224 appearances for Rangers, in which he has contributed a fantastic 113 goals and 51 assists, while he also became the club’s all-time top European goalscorer.
With Champions League qualifying fixtures on the horizon, Rangers must keep their main European man around, and supporters would surely be disappointed to see him leave.
Supporters will be fuming
Perhaps if Morelos were to move to Champions League regulars Sevilla then Rangers fans could understand, but none of the Premier League clubs linked, apart from West Ham last season, have enjoyed any real success in Europe in recent times, so it would perhaps be a step down if he were to leave for England.
Will Morelos stay?
After a penalty shootout loss in the Europa League final last season, Rangers fans will be hoping that the club can progress this summer with the aim of establishing themselves in the Champions League once again, and selling Morelos would certainly harm their chances of that.
The striker was at his best in the impressive win against Borussia Dortmund last season, with former Rangers man Mark Hateley saying:
“He looks a lot more comfortable with the ball coming into him, he is making the right decisions now, when to hold on to the ball and when to lay it off first time.