Brighton have been named among the leading contenders to sign Rangers centre-forward Alfredo Morelos.
As noted by Brighton & Hove Independent, the Seagulls are listed at short odds by some bookmakers to land the 24-year-old in the current transfer window, with substantial speculation surrounding the Colombian’s future at Ibrox.
Casa Blanca had claimed that the ‘Gers had reached an agreement of €20m (£17.8m) with Lille for Morelos, with personal terms reportedly agreed, but TVI24 then reported of Porto’s interest in the striker.
Morelos has an excellent scoring record during his time with Rangers, scoring 79 times in 142 appearances since joining for a mere £1.08m in 2017, and has already provided two goals and two assists in four games in the early weeks of the current campaign.
He often came to the fore as Steven Gerrard’s men reached the last 16 of the Europa League in 2019/20, with 14 goals in the Light Blues’ continental campaign when the qualifying rounds are included.
However, the Colombian perhaps has a reputation as a player who is hard to manage. Many Rangers fans want him out of the club amid his apparent desire to leave Ibrox, while Gerrard said that he could no longer defend him in public following an incident in an Old Firm derby in 2018/19 which led to his fifth red card of that season. He was sent off twice more last term, with an average of one red card per 20 appearances in his time in Glasgow.
Nonetheless, Brighton could use another reliable scorer to take some of the burden off Neal Maupay, whose 10-goal haul made him the only player in Graham Potter’s squad to surpass five goals last season (as per TransferMarkt). Plus, the French striker cost the Seagulls £20m, slightly more than the fee that Rangers and Lille reportedly agreed for Morelos.
The Colombian’s scoring record certainly stands up to scrutiny and he already has ample experience of British and Europa League football.
Would you like to have Alfredo Morelos at Brighton?
However, Potter will know of the 24-year-old’s chequered disciplinary record and may question whether having a temperamental striker like Morelos is worth it. In any case, it seems that the likes of Lille and Porto are rather advanced with their respective interest in the player, so Brighton would need to make a significant late burst if they are to bring him to Sussex.
Brighton fans, do you think Morelos would be a success at the Amex Stadium? Comment below with your views!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience