With the PL and Championship window long-since closed, while interest and speculation over the likes of James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos has been conspicuous by its absence, it mustn’t be forgotten that certainly in the case of Colombian Morelos, the majority of interest in his services came from the continent, and the European window doesn’t close for another 10 days.
Indeed, while all the UK hype about the likes of Milan, Borussa, Betis and a glut of other European sides has calmed down since the English window shut, Morelos’ current form is sterling and Rangers will be braced, especially for him, for incoming bids.
The 23-year old hitman has improved his attitude greatly, and focused his energy on the football rather than the opponent lately, and even if he is trying to attract ‘big league’ clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt with this, it’s Rangers benefiting from his improved form and conduct.
And that stuff will certainly attract the attention of Europe’s giants who have 10 days to shore up their artilleries, just like Rangers do.
We at Ibrox Noise certainly aren’t as enthusiastic about shipping Morelos off as we once were – his form this season has been far more industrious, his attitude a big improvement and his discipline as good as gold, minor incidents notwithstanding.
But we also know money talks, and with just over a week to go, Morelos’ form will certainly be getting monitored, and potentially big bids being readied for an eleventh-hour assault on Rangers’ resistance to selling him.
In current form, scoring domestically and in Europe Morelos has hiked his value back into the £20M region – his discipline is helping, and he’s growing back into an asset again.
So before September 2nd there is little doubt somebody will bid. Rangers (and Morelos himself) have already rejected bids from the continent and China, when his stock wasn’t quite as high.
Now that he’s ironing out the creases, Rangers will be ready to face any interest before the window shuts.
The question is, will Morelos still be a Ranger come the 3rd?
We shall see.