Amidst claims this morning that Alfredo Morelos is holding Rangers to ransom, we’re deeply troubled by the current direction this saga is going in.
The story we’re hearing is Morelos has demanded a new contract and higher wage to ‘remain motivated’ after a move to Lille collapsed which is said to have angered him.
He is allegedly upset that Rangers didn’t accept the £16.5M bid the Ligue 1 club submitted, and has threatened to down tools if he doesn’t get a better-paid deal.
Morelos is currently, going by various sources, the best paid player at the club, with a salary said to be around the £35,000 mark, which isn’t surprising given he’s signed around three new deals since he actually joined, but after the Al Duhail story of recent times, Morelos allegedly now wants a pay hike to retain his focus.
There is also a claim Rangers have already inserted a buy-out clause in his last deal, which Lille did not meet and which protects the club from being lowballed on him.
If this story is true, and of course there’s every chance it isn’t, then we’re disquieted at best. We’ve always known Morelos has attitude issues at this club – Steven Gerrard has called him out on it more than once.
But this would be a very sinister direction to take – to demand a pay rise to ‘stay motivated’.
We’d be much happier if he was motivated in the Middle East in truth.