Respected Brazilian journalist Bruno Andrade, based in Portugal, has reported that Michael Gorman, Alfredo Morelos’ agent, held talks with Porto chiefs over a summer transfer for the striker yesterday.
Rangers’ forward, currently in South American for the Copa with Colombia, has been angling for a move for many years, and this is as close as he’s come to leaving since Lille secured an agreement of terms with the former HJK man, only to fall short on price with Rangers.
With Gorman now trying to settle personal terms with Porto, should the Portuguese giants agree a deal with Morelos, it’ll be left to their financial team to arrange a fee with Rangers, but of course there is a catch:
Rangers will not accept a penny less than £20M and won’t be held to ransom by any club even if the Colombian has agreed terms with someone again.
Andrade claims Cagliari had an £8M bid turned down earlier this month, and that Rangers demanded £12M, which we find tricky to swallow.
There’s a real lack of credibility that Rangers would accept just £12M for their star man, and with managing director Stewart Robertson saying some years ago that £20M like Celtic got for Moussa Dembele sounds about right, £12M seems a touch short.
But if the terms can be agreed, there’s no denying a £20M bid will secure the striker completely.