According to the latest reports from the Scottish Sun, French outfit Nice are set to bid £8m to sign Alfredo Morelos from Rangers. It is believed that the Ligue 1 outfit are seeing the Colombian forward as a replacement for Mario Balotelli who is on the verge of leaving.
Given Morelos’ performances, an interest from top division clubs from other countries was always going to be on the cards, and this is not the first time a French outfit is trying to sign him. In the summer of 2018, Bordeaux were in the mix to sign him, but Gerrard did not sell the 22-year-old.
The manager has already insisted that he would fall out with people if Morelos is sold in the January transfer window and with a bid of £8m, we are expecting Rangers to knock it back soon. The Bears know that they have a real talent on their hand and now that they are giving Celtic a run for their money in the title race, it would be foolish to sell their catalyst midway through the season whatever the offer may be.
It is clear that Morelos won’t stay at Ibrox for long given his talent and abilities. The striker himself had claimed (Daily Mail) that moving to the Premier League would be his dream. Gerrard has also maintained (The Scottish Sun) that all his players are up for sale but only for top money and we feel that the club would not even have second thoughts in rejecting an £8m bid.
The striker has improved leaps and bounds ever since he came to Glasgow. This is his second season at Ibrox, and the 22-year-old has managed 38 goals and 17 assists in 77 appearances. If Morelos goes on to help Rangers bag the Premiership title, he can leave the club on a high. Also, if something like that happens, then his stock would increase further. Gerrard would know that quite a few clubs would be after him in the summer of 2019 so he should try to postpone the inevitable for as long as possible.
One of the factors where the Colombian might have to improve still is on his temperament as Morelos tends to get worked up when things don’t go his way. In those circumstances, he often starts taking out his frustration on the referee and opponents. But that also showcases the competitive side of his game and a manager who can control him can bring the best out of him.
In an ideal world, Rangers would like to keep hold of him for as long as possible, but that seems unlikely as the club could look to cash in on him at some point. However, that is unlikely to happen in this ongoing window.