Torino make late bid for Rangers man

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TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 26: Torino FC head coach Marco Giampaolo looks on during the Serie A match between Torino FC and Atalanta BC at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on September 26, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

To give some idea of where Alfredo Morelos is right now, no club was willing to bid Rangers’ demanded value for his services. Lille came close, with £16.5M, but wouldn’t go higher and left the table for good.

The latest is that an 11th hour bid has been made by Torino to take Morelos on loan to Serie A for only £2M, with option to buy, but the fee for that purchase is said to have been barely £15M.

This was of course completely rejected.

In truth, we’d rather Rangers had taken it.

Morelos has ‘unplayed’ himself out of a move – his attitude hasn’t been great, his pitch contribution has been lacking, and his stock in the game has deeply plummeted.

One year ago Rangers could justifiably have asked £50M for Morelos, given he was top scorer in UEL and in the SPL. He was on fire and scoring v the best.

Unfortunately it hasn’t materialised that way.

Transfermarkt has his current value at around £13M-£15M and on current performances that’s actually pretty generous.

He’s not scoring, he’s not creating, all he’s doing is missing shots and when he plays as a false 9, dragging defenders away from the areas to cover the flanks.

It’s not really enough, and Torino were willing to take a chance on him.

We don’t exactly admire Morelos any more – we never really did, but we respected his ability for the club, his contribution, particularly last season.

Now that’s a distant memory and we’ll have to make do with him for at least yet another six months.

Joy.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Morelos remains a worry. His current form is not justifying his selection. We can only hope that now the window is shut Gerrard can convince him that the only way he will ever get a move is to kick start his Rangers career.

  2. I think you’re being a bit Harsh on Morelos, against Galatasaray he was involved in the build up to both goals & also won the penalty at the weekend, he’s more or less directly or indirectly involved in the majority of our goals. Also, dropping into the false 9 is allowing Arfield to surge forward into space. I agree he’s not been at his best but look at the bigger picture rather than slate the guy.

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