Ibrox managing director Stewart Robertson has confirmed that Rangers knocked back a lucrative bid from China for striker Alfredo Morelos because they didn’t want to weaken Graeme Murty’s squad.
According to the Daily Record, two bids were received for Morelos late in the January transfer window, with the second being for £7.5million.
That would have represented a significant profit on a player they only brought to Ibrox in the summer from HJL Helsinki for £1million.
However, it was said that chairman Dave King refused to sanction the move despite the signing of forward Jason Cummings and the return to fitness of Kenny Miller.
Talking in the Daily Record, Robertson said, “We could have sold Alfredo. It was an option, but we’re trying to grow something here.
“There will come a time when we move players on, recognising the reality of where we are – as other clubs do as well.
“We could have taken the money from China but the board and the investors are right behind the decision we made. It’s a positive step.
“There’s still a way to go but we’re getting into a position where we’re much stronger than we were. We’re trying to build a squad rather than take it apart.”
The Chinese transfer window is still open, with all deals having to be concluded by February 28, but this will give Rangers fans confidence that they won’t sell even if an improved bid comes in.
Football Insider verdict:
This is a hugely positive step for Rangers. Turning down what is a vast sum of money for a player they brought in for £1million is a brave move, especially as they now have to keep a young player motivated who will have had his head turned by a contract offer that would have reportedly increased his wages 10x. If they can do that and kick on to cement second spot in the league – realistically their best hope – then it will have been worth it even if they sell Morelos in the summer. For fans it hints that the club is in a better position after rumours that they were in financial trouble surfaced again in January. Now it’s down to manager Murty and the players that he picks on the pitch.
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