Rangers’ striker Alfredo Morelos was a subject of an £8million winter transfer bid from Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Renhe, but the club held on to their man, with manager Graeme Murty claiming: “We’re trying to build a squad, not pull it apart.
“We want to build one to challenge in every competition we’re in and Alfredo helps us do that. He helps us build on what we’re trying to do so I’m under no economic imperative to let him go.
“If it’s too good a deal to turn down that’ll be because I’ve sanctioned it, because I can do something on the football side to help the squad.
“At the moment that option is not on the table so Alfredo is our player and we need to make sure he understands we’re going to build towards something here. We think we’re on the right path.”
However, Rangers aren’t completely free of Renhe’s bids, because, although the winter transfer window in Europe closed on January 31st, the one in Asia doesn’t close until the last day of February.
The Chinese side could still return with a much higher bid – one that could eclipse the £8.5million club record transfer received for the transfer of Giovanni van Bronckhorst to Arsenal in the summer of 2001.
Renhe badly need a striker ahead of the new season following their promotion from the Chinese League One last term, and should they continue testing Rangers’ resolve for the rest of the month with improved bids, Morelos could be on his way to China.
The Far East side are already offering the 21-year-old Colombian a whooping £27,000-per-week wages, and should they also increase it alongside their bids, the youngster could tempted to push for an exit.