By Richard Parks
Chinese club Beijing Renhe have tabled a reported £9million bid for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos – and fans of the Glasgow giants have delivered mixed verdicts on Twitter.
The Scottish Sun claim the cash-rich outfit have upped their previous offer by £1million for the Colombian striker, 21, in an attempt to get a deal done by the end of the month.
But it is said that Rangers have rejected what is a fourth official bid for Morelos, who, as revealed by Football Insider this week, is also to be offered a jawdropping contract worth in the region of £38,000-a-week after tax.
Fans of the Glasgow giants have taken to social media to react to the latest move from Beijing Renhe, with some claiming the club must take the money given their reduced financial circumstances and use it to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Others urged Ibrox chiefs to hold firm and wait for Morelos to shine at the World Cup this summer before cashing in at an even higher price.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Keep him. He could be worth a lot more if he goes to the World Cup and shines. He’s defo got it in him. Rangers know this.
— Magnificent Bastard (@86revolution) February 15, 2018
I really question these figures now. That is too much for us, considering our financial position in recent years, to turn down
— Craig R Morton (@crmpicco) February 16, 2018
Mental that would be a great bit of business which could be invested all over the sqaud to put us in a far better position
— Wee Baills ???????? (@WeeBaills) February 15, 2018
If Rangers have turned down £9m for Morelos that’s great news. Jon Soriano, who is 30-odd recently moved out to China for £15m.
— Jamie (@jamiecurrie89) February 16, 2018
Waiting for @4Ladhadadream to confirm if there was a 4th bid for Morelos….
— Ross (@RJ1690) February 16, 2018
The transfer window in China remains open until 28 February, which means Rangers could face further tests of their desire to hang on to the striker, who was signed from Finnish side HJK Helsinki last summer.
Morelos, who has scored 15 goals from 30 appearances this season, is among the the lowest earners in the Rangers side and, although the club have indicated they could open talks over a new deal, they would be unable to get near the figures on offer from Beijing Renhe.
The player’s agent has arrived in Glasgow for contract negotiations and they promise to be quite delicate given the lengths the Chinese club are prepared to go to sign him by the end of the month.
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