Besiktas join Morelos chase as Rangers striker weighs up options

Besiktas join Morelos chase as Rangers striker weighs up options
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 02: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers reacts during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at on January 02, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Alfredo Morelos’ Rangers exit aspirations have been boosted by Turkish side Besiktas joining the race to sign him for a cut-price deal this window.

Already interesting Mexican giants Tigres, Morelos has also been long-linked to a host of sides in the Süper Lig including aforementioned Besiktas, and rivals Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, with the Istanbul-based Fenerbahçe already having had a loan bid some years ago of £1.5M rejected out of hand.

But Ridvan Yilmaz’ former side are said to be interested in taking Morelos this window if they can agree an acceptable price for his signature.

It means the list of sides looking for his signature grows, and while Morelos’ international stock is perhaps not as high as it once was, and Rangers will get nowhere near the £16.5M Lille bid a couple of years ago, the Ibrox side could still get a decent fee for him given his CV.

For his own part, travel-wise Morelos would probably prefer the Mexican option, to be closer to home national Colombia and for international football should he manage to get his foot back in the Coffee Men door, but for football reasons Turkey is more lucrative.

Of course neither are close to a top five league, with Morelos’ Premier League dream being the big one he still clings onto, but it would be the exit from Ibrox he presumably seeks. Aged 26, Morelos is fast-approaching a period of his career where if he’s to hit the top of the game, it needs to click ‘now’, and he will certainly believe a switch out from Rangers is part of that.

He shows no signs at all of signing his new contract despite some rumours he (and Ryan Kent) may have changed their minds.

Whether Besiktas get their man, whether Tigres do, or whether someone new comes in, the chances of Morelos remaining at Ibrox in February? Probably as high as ever, given every single window he is heavily linked with a move out from Rangers and it never happens.

This could well be the same bluff cards again but with time once again we’ll find out how much longer he’ll stay.

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