By Jack Cunningham

6th Jul, 2021 | 9:40am

New report from Portugal emerges on Alfredo Morelos

According to a report from Record in Portugal, Alfredo Morelos might not be that close to leaving Rangers with Porto yet to open negotiations.

There was a report last week from another Portuguese outlet, which suggested that the Rangers forward was close to leaving the club and that a fee was close to being agreed [A Bola].

However, it appears as if that is not the case, and while Morelos has opened the ‘door’ to the possibility of moving to Porto, apparently, “there’s not even negotiations” for the Colombian.

Will Morelos stay?

So, as it stands, the 25-year-old will still be a Gers player by the time the season kicks off unless something dramatically changes.

The Colombian, who Rangers signed in the summer of 2017, has scored 94 goals for the Gers, and it had looked as if they were ready to cash in on Morelos.

However, this latest report suggests that while he is keen on the move, Porto have made no effort to sign a player who Steven Gerrard described as “outstanding” [the Scottish Sun].

The Gers rejected a large bid for Morelos during the last summer transfer window from Lille, so you would think Rangers would want at least a similar amount to part ways with the 25-year-old [Daily Mail].

Morelos arguably didn’t have his best season in front of goal during the 2020/21 league campaign as he scored 12 goals, which compared with the full 2018/19 season was less than the 18 he managed then.

So, you can see why Rangers could be willing to let Morelos go and why it makes sense to cash in on him from a financial perspective and re-invest that money back into the squad.

However, despite it looking like he would be going to Porto, it now appears as if that deal is not even remotely advanced, and it remains to be seen exactly what happens next.

In other Rangers news, Oli McBurnie reacts as the Gers announce major signing.