Glasgow Rangers director of football Ross Wilson has issued a warning to the likes of Newcastle United with regards to their reported interest in Ibrox striker Alfredo Morelos.
Morelos is one of the Scottish Premiership’s standout talents, having weighed in with an impressive 77 goals and 29 assists for Rangers since his move to Ibrox from HJK Helsinki in 2017.
The Colombia international’s goals have helped Rangers climb back into the upper echelons of the Scottish Premiership table and mount title challenges in the past few years.
According to Goal.com, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are all interested in signing the 23-year-old sharpshooter in the summer transfer window.
However, Wilson told Sky Sports: “We definitely don’t want to be selling anybody on the cheap to use that phrase. That’s for sure.”
The Rangers official was speaking about how he reckons the transfer market will look in wake of, and following, the global health crisis which has brought football to a standstill.
“There’s probably three schools of thought,” he said. “That the market will be really, really low and crash out, that there will be no change at all – which I think is an unrealistic viewpoint – and that we’ll see some form of abnormality and change over the next two to four windows.
“I probably think the latter is the most likely, that the market will certainly change, whether you’re talking about player’s wages, transfer fees or agents’ fees. But we genuinely won’t know that until the market gets into full swing and it’s very much driven by supply and demand and there’s always a domino effect in the market.”
Morelos is a superb player whose goalscoring record is on a par with Celtic counterpart Odsonne Edouard, the two being the standout players in the Scottish Premiership and the most likely to move on to bigger things – 29 goals this season says it all really.
The Colombia international’s disciplinary record is something that needs to be worked on, but it’s nothing that cannot be ironed out through experience and top-notch man-management, something which a newly-wealthy Newcastle could surely provide via top coaches.
Admittedly, the transfer market is difficult to call given current events, and Wilson is right to issue a warning to any reported suitors of his players – but even a reported £20million to £25million (what Daily Record journalists estimated would be a good price for him back in December) would surely not deter the Magpies.