There is no interest in soon-to-be-former Santos striker Alfredo Morelos from Rangers, after the ex-Ibrox striker’s agent confirmed zero offers for the hitman who is currently negotiating his exit from Brazil following a truly horrible spell in South America.
The striker, still only 27, has had a shocking time of it in football the past calendar year, after his Rangers career ended with a whimper and he failed desperately to get any good offers as a free agent.
He eventually accepted Santos’ club-breaking wage (reportedly around £40,000) to ply his trade in the dead league of Pele’s home country, but managed just 76 minutes of football in his entire time there.
He will reportedly have to spend £2M on his release, despite earlier claims of a contractual clause freeing him for nothing in event of Santos’ relegation.
But he’s not coming back to Rangers.
Philippe Clement has no interest in the Colombian hitman, and Rangers fans mostly do not either.
Morelos is a sad case of how attitude has wrecked a promising career, where he could have been one of Europe’s talismanic hitmans, getting his big move to a top-5 European league.
He fell short on quite a few grounds, but will curse to this day Rangers rejecting the £16.5M move to Lille which could have changed his world, and really helped out Ibrox’s coffers.
But now he’s a busted flush in football, and his agent accepts finding a new club won’t be easy.
“We are in talks with Santos’ sports director Alexandre Gallo to see what is best for Alfredo and for Santos. We want to be clear we have had no discussions about wage reductions for Alfredo. Santos are obviously going through a difficult time and we want to help anyway we can. At the moment, there are no proposals for Alfredo from clubs, but we are looking at different markets so see what would suit Alfredo best. There are many possibilities in the football world and we are working to come up with a solution here.”
Morelos’ time in football is running out. It’s as simple as no one wanting him, and his having to plump for a horrendous league – it’s regarded as ignominy when South American players escape from the low leagues of that continent, get their big shiny career defining move to Europe, but then have to come back well before the twilight of their careers with their tails between their legs.
It’s fine for a Messi to play for Old Boys when he’s like really old, but Morelos was only 26 when he joined Santos. And that’s a death knell on a career and an admission it’s not worked.
Morelos is not a bad soul, but his attitude in football and his admittedly terrible finishing stopped him reaching the heights he was probably capable of.
If only Rangers had accepted that £16.5M eh?