Revealed: The Rangers board stance on selling Morelos, Kent & Barisic
Rangers fans have had to get used to regular speculation about Alfredo Morelos quitting this summer in a big-money deal.
The striker signings of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten this month have made the Colombia international’s exit very likely, even almost inevitable.
But Bears are getting increasingly fretful about the prospect of one, or, perish the thought, both of Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent following the club’s prize asset out of the Ibrox exit door.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this month, Leeds United are keeping close tabs on left-back Barisic along with a number of other Premier League and European outfits.
The Sun yesterday suggested Leeds are also planning to lodge a £10million offer for star winger Kent.
So, who will really be leaving Rangers? Could the board possibly cash in on all three star men in a triple whammy that would leave the club’s title pursuit in tatters?
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The answer, Football Insider has been told by Ibrox sources is, simply, ‘no’.
Rangers are well aware of interest in Morelos, Barisic and Kent and, as Steven Gerrard often says, every player has a price.
Club chiefs may well sell one of Morelos and Kent. But they do not plan to sell both of the star attackers as they know that would decimate the team’s goal creating and scoring potential.
It still remains more likely that the controversial spearhead will be the player sold to get the club back on a more sustainable financial footing.
A £17million deal with Lille fell through after discussions were quite advanced, but there is strong interest from leading European clubs led by Italian giants AC Milan as well as Marseille, who have reignited their interest from last year.
As for Barisic, Gerrard certainly does not want to lose one of the outstanding players at the club and who has carried on this season where he left off the last one.
It would take a big offer – way in excess of £8m – to twist the board’s arm into selling the Croatian.
In many way, Rangers fans can live with Morelos going after such stellar service and with two new strikers in the building.
But losing one or both of Barisic and Kent on top of him would be devastating.
Morelos has continued to lead the line for Rangers and has started their opening four SPL matches of the season.
Steven Gerrard selected him ahead of Roofe and Itten for both of their last two league fixtures, against St Johnstone and Livingston.