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.