By Pranav Shahaney

9th Jul, 2021 | 11:30am

Craig Moore claims Alfredo Morelos will not leave this summer

Ex-Rangers ace Craig Moore believes Alfredo Morelos will not leave this summer, despite the speculation surrounding his future.

FC Porto are understood to be the favourites to sign the Colombian, but according to The Daily Record, no bid has been tabled for the international thus far.

This could be because they’ve been put off by the Bears’ valuation of the player, and Moore thinks that he will stay put at Ibrox beyond the summer.

He told Go Radio, “I’ve heard mixed things on the Morelos and Porto situation, ranging from Porto not being interested in Morelos not being interested in them.

“So, it just seems a bit of a strange situation. Rangers, for me, would want to keep Morelos now and if they were going to lose him you’ve got to have a deadline, so you know exactly where you stand in regards of moving forward within the season.

“I think Morelos will stay. The £15-20million you’re talking about, the market globally, has dropped significantly. So, the £15-20million for me, at this moment in time, is unrealistic and Rangers aren’t going to receive an offer of that kind of value.”

Staying for another year?

We know that as an ex-Rangers star Moore will want the best players to stay put at the club. However, that’s not the only reason why he thinks Morelos won’t leave this summer.

He makes a valid point about the market today, and Portugal don’t have a bumper broadcasting deal that gives its sides extra room to manoeuvre in the transfer window.

Moore is also working as an agent so he has his own set of contacts in the game and they’ve led him to believe that matching Rangers’ valuation is going to be a tough ask.

Either way, it works in our favour. If he leaves, we get a sizeable transfer fee and if he stays, we have one of the league’s most terrifying goal scorers leading the charge in ensuring we win number 56 next season.

We would like to see another year of Morelos, but the club needs money for the day-to-day operations and his sale could ease some of the financial burdens and free up funds to strengthen in other positions.

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