With reports this morning that Chinese cracks Beijing Renhe are likely to bid a fifth time for striker Alfredo Morelos, it looks like Rangers’ board have played a blinder with this saga.
Instead of selling at the first bid it appears the sale, should it happen, could indeed be in the region of well over £10M. Whether it gets to our predicted amount of £15M is hard to say, but sell on clauses would be likely to achieve that down the line, and the latest reported figure is £11M with a claim of a ‘final offer’ plus add ons and aforementioned sell on clauses – probably taking it well beyond £15M in months or years to come.
Some have questioned whether this bid really exists, whether it is all a great big ‘fake news’ propaganda ploy – well, unless Morelos is in on it, why unsettle a free-scoring striker by making up bids?
Also, why did no one suspect the same about Craig Gordon to Sunderland, or Victor Wanyama to Spurs, or Van Dijk also to St Mary’s? Why? Because Rangers are judged in an entirely different way to everyone else in Scotland and the normal rules do not apply to us.
If a player goes to Hearts, no one bats an eyelid. When they go to Rangers, social media melts and the press have a field day.
Some have also questioned why Morelos was not worth this only a year ago when doing it already for HJK. Well that is simple – Rangers, with all due respect to the Finnish side, are a colossally bigger club with far more exposure, and the SPL is a better league too than the top flight of the Scandinavian nation.
So for him to do it here gets the attention in the way Finland just did not, and Jonatan Johansson had to skilfully scout from his homeland to unearth this gem.
This gem, folks, that is looking more and more like it will net Rangers an absolute boatload of cash.
We have to face reality that the striker wants to leave, and has clearly had his head turned, and we respect that – but it is evidently going to be on Rangers’ terms and for the money Rangers expect.
And we have no issue with that.