Bruno Alves insists £20million is a bargain for Alfredo Morelos as Porto circle
FC Porto want to sign Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, and Bruno Alves has told the Daily Record the Colombian hitman is worth £20million right now.
The Light Blues are believed to be demanding the aforementioned fee for the 25-year-old [ScotsMan], and it will smash the record the Portuguese giants have ever paid for a player, and the one Rangers have ever received for a sale.
Alves reckons Morelos is worth every penny, but he believes it is a lot of money for a side like Porto given their transfer history.
“Given his quality and what he’s been doing in the last few years then I would say the reported fee of £20m isn’t a lot for Alfredo Morelos,” the former Rangers centre-back told Daily Record.
“It’s still a lot of money for Porto to pay but if you want that kind of quality then that’s what you have to pay so it’s the right price for him right now. If Porto wants to buy him then they have to pay good money because he’s a player with a lot of value and is a Colombian international.
“In today’s market then £20m isn’t a lot but for Porto, it’s a lot. They don’t pay big fees like Benfica for example. Porto and Benfica are different clubs with a different strategy. If Porto pays £20m then they are thinking about how much they can increase the value to sell him on.”
Porto’s highest-ever signing is the £17million they spent on Oliver Torres and Giannelli Imbula in 2017-18 and 2015-16 respectively [TransferMarkt], and whether they are ready to break the record for Morelos remains to be seen.
Rangers received £9million for Alan Hutton’s transfer to Tottenham Hotspur in January 2008 [TransferMarkt] and are guaranteed to receive more should they decide to cash in on their most valued possession.
They could be receiving double of their transfer sales record for him, and not many will argue against it.
Morelos has proven himself over the last four years, and we believe he is ready to take Europe’s biggest leagues by storm.
His struggles to play regularly for Colombia at the Copa America could be down to the fact that he plays in the Scottish Premiership, and a move to Portugal would earn him more respect at the national team.
Morelos is raring to show his quality to the rest of Europe, and we should not stand in his way if he wants out.
However, Porto and other suitors must be willing to pay a lot of cash for him as he is worth every penny.