Wednesday, 22 May 2019

A £2.5M reality at Ibrox

Steven Gerrard’s recent admission that the club have not received a recent bid for Alfredo Morelos, in concert with his concession that the only bid the club ever received for him was a pathetic £2.5M bid, said to have been submitted either by Nice or Marseille, does beg the question of how much the talk of multimillions for the Colombian striker is complete hogwash and how much is actually legitimate.

True, Stewart Robertson confirmed we expect around £20M for him, with the way his football stock has risen this season, but of course the negative circus around him and his appalling attitude have only hindered his value and in truth we at Ibrox Noise now only hope for a good fee rather than expecting.

We praised highly the idea of that ballpark Dembele figure earlier this year, but the red card against Celtic for us killed his value stone dead, as did his omission from Colombia’s CONCACAF squad, and while we would still love to get big cash for him, we don’t have the same lofty ambitions as we did.

So, despite the media hype about big fees for the striker, what is the reality? One £2.5M bid in SG’s time, rejected out of hand, similarly confirms our ambitions of getting over £10M might be overly lofty. Chinese club Renhe allegedly bid £11M of course, and it was highly-publicised by the club as rejected out of hand, but nowadays we’d probably bite your hand off for that.

Morelos brought this on himself. Repeatedly, and in a sense, Steven Gerrard’s staunch defence of him which finally ended at that Parkhead sending off certainly didn’t help.

We have to hope against hope that some foreign rich side with more money than sense hands us a fortune to take this kid off our hands, because if only £2.5M has ever been bid on Morelos in two windows, it doesn’t bode well for making a fortune off him.

Roll up roll up, two for a pound…

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