Rangers fans must have been rubbing their eyes when they heard that their side had knocked back an £8million offer for Alfredo Morelos in the January transfer window.
The offer came in late in January and it initially looked like Rangers were going to hang onto their man for the rest of the season.
However, the Chinese transfer window is still open – until February 28 – and Football Insider sources revealed today that yet another offer is set to come in from Chinese club Beijing Renhe, this time for a stunning £9million.
That represents a staggering £8million profit on a player they bought for just over £1million in the summer and must leave them on the brink of losing the player to the Chinese side.
But would that be such a bad thing?
It didn’t really make sense that Rangers would knock back such a big offer.
They’re out of the running for the Premiership title and not in Europe – they’re only playing for second place and the Scottish Cup.
£8million could give them a real shot at getting set up for next season, identifying their targets early and transforming the side and its fortunes.
Morelos’ US-based agent is on his way in for talks with Rangers this week and while many read that to mean negotiating for a new contract, it seems more likely that it will be the first step of negotiating an Ibrox exit.
Rangers can’t match the money on offer from China for Morelos – it is claimed that they are going to offer him £38,000 a week after tax.
And with so much money on the table it seems the right thing to do is sell.
But for how much? There are still almost two weeks left in the Chinese transfer window and Rangers must now play the perfect game of brinksmanship to ensure they get the most money possible – and they should be looking at a minimum of £10million.
That won’t break the Scottish transfer record of £13million that Southampton paid Celtic for Victor Wanyama but it will ensure that Rangers will be more equipped to challenge Celtic for honours next season, and that’s all that counts.
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