Alan Hutton says it is “absolutely massive” from Glasgow Rangers to turn down a bid of £17m for Alfredo Morelos from Lille.
The Colombia international has been linked with a move away this summer, and the Ligue 1 side appear to be the likeliest destination – les Dogues and the 24-year-old have reportedly agreed personal terms, with it now up to the clubs to come to an agreement over a fee.
“It’s absolutely massive considering you’ve bought him for £1million.
“To be offered £17million is a huge jump but look, they see him as the prize asset and they believe, in their eyes, that he’s worth a lot more so they’re in a strong position.
“They don’t have to sell him, he’s on a long-term contract at Rangers, probably a very good one so they don’t have to sell him. Unless their valuation is met, they’re not going to move forward with it.
“It’s a shame for Morelos if he wants to go and try somewhere else but at the end of day he’s signed a deal, he’s there for X number of years and he has to fulfil that.”
As Hutton says, it is a big call from the Gers, but clearly they have a strong idea of exactly what their star man is worth. After all, he has 79 goals in 141 games, and has become one of Steven Gerrard’s best players – he is not a player they can afford to undersell.
Will Morelos still be at Rangers by the end of the transfer window?
It remains to be seen whether he does move on this summer, and it will be interesting to see whether the 54-time Scottish champions’ mindset does change.
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