Scottish journalist Chris Jack believes this summer is the time for Glasgow Rangers to sell Alfredo Morelos if they want to move him on for a reasonable fee.
Morelos has played an important role for the Gers this season as they look to win back-to-back league titles. He has scored 19 goals in all competitions, with his strikes also helping the Ibrox outfit reach the Europa League quarter-finals.
Will Morelos leave this summer?
However, at the end of this campaign, he will have just 12 months left on his contract, and there is no indication he is set to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jack suggested now is the time for the 55-time Scottish champions to part ways with their star striker. He said: “Rangers, with the contract situations of the likes of Aribo, Kent, Morelos and Helander, their value is low now because they only have 12 months left on their deals come the summer.
“So, if they’re going to sell them, it has to be this year.”
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Rangers’ efforts to keep Morelos have provided the backdrop for the past few transfer windows. A number of clubs, including Milan, Marseille and FC Porto, have been linked with a move for the Colombia international, but as each transfer deadline has passed, he has remained at Ibrox.
The 25-year-old has previously stated he would like to play in a more prestigious league, and as he enters his prime years, he will only be an attractive proposition for clubs across Europe for so long. The Bears were previously said to be holding out for £20m, and that number is only going to drop as the end of his current deal draws closer.
Even a £10m fee would represent a huge profit on the £1.08m they parted with to capture Morelos’ services from HJK Helsinki in 2017. Of course, Giovanni van Bronckhorst would surely like to keep him, especially if the Gers qualify for the Champions League, but with the likes of Kemar Roofe and Fashion Sakala also at the Dutchman’s disposal, Morelos’ departure may not be totally disastrous.
Rangers’ managing director Stewart Robertson has previously stated the Bears will need to get used to selling star players as they look to balance the books. As such, they cannot afford to let a player of Morelos’ calibre leave on a free transfer.