COMMENT By Richard Parks
Surely, Rangers are fighting a losing battle in their bid to hang on to Alfredo Morelos.
The Glasgow giants snubbed an £8million offer for the striker from super-rich Chinese outfit Beijing Renhe in the January window after his impressive scoring exploits in December.
There were reports that Beijing Renhe had subsequently dropped their interest in Morelos and switched to alternative targets as they looked to bring in a new front man by the 28 February cut-off in China.
However, Football Insider revealed today that the big-spending club have not only reignited their interest in the Colombian, 21, but are to slap a jawdropping deal on the table to prise him from Ibrox.
A source close to Rangers has told Football Insider that Beijing Renhe are prepared to offer Morelos a bumper contract worth in the region of £38,000 a week after tax to try and lure him away from Glasgow and are ready to improve their last bid of £8million for his services.
These are game-changing sums and come against a backdrop of imminent new contract talks at Rangers for the south American.
It will come as no surprise to any regular Ibrox observer that the club will be able to get nowhere near the figures on offer from Beijing Renhe.
Indeed, no Celtic player is earning anywhere near £38,000-a-week after income tax deductions.
Morelos has impressed at Rangers since joining from HJK Helsinki last summer, with his 15 goals from 30 matches a decent return despite his propensity for missing sitters and putting away the more difficult opportunities.
He will be difficult to replace, although January loan signing Jason Cummings has showed encouraging signs since his arrival and has the ability to spearhead the attack.
The Rangers powerbrokers could be forgiven for cashing in on Morelos given the sums on the table.
He is a promising striker with the potential to become a very good one, but his rawness makes an £8million-plus bid an extremely attractive one.
The club could reinvest the money and purchase three or four top-quality SPL players with the calibre to challenge Celtic for the title next season and beyond.
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