Rangers reject Lille’s £16.25m bid for striker Alfredo Morelos, leaving the French club frustrated and debating whether to end pursuit of Colombian
- Lille have had their latest offer of £16.25m for Alfredo Morelos knocked back
- The French club are now considering ending their pursuit of the Colombian
- It is believed that Rangers value their striker around £20million or more
Lille have had their latest offer of £16.25m for Alfredo Morelos knocked back by Rangers.
And the French club are now considering ending their pursuit of the Colombian amidst growing frustration over their failure to agree a fee.
Sportsmail first revealed the Ligue One club’s interest in the Colombian on July 23.
Lille are now considering ending their pursuit of Rangers’s Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos
Reports in France then claimed Lille had agreed terms with the 24-year-old and planned to agree a transfer figure with Rangers.
Morelos has since been the subject of four offers in the last six weeks, the most recent of which was worth €18m (£16.25m) and turned down last weekend.
While Rangers are believed to value the striker at £20million or more sources close to the deal claim Lille still don’t know how much it would take to finalise an agreement.
Lille have since entered advanced talks with Belgian club Gent over a £30million agreement for Canadian international Jonathan David. And while they’re in the market for two strikers after selling Victor Osimhen to Napoli for £55million, figures close to Morelos now fear they will now walk away.
Lille had their latest offer of £16.25m for Morelos knocked back by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers
Lille may pursue Canadian international Jonathan David from Belgian club Gent instead
Rangers strengthened their attacking options this week with the purchase of Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten.
A move expected to herald the departure of Morelos, manager Steven Gerrard acknowledged after Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen that the striker’s has been affected by weeks of speculation.
‘Everyone knows he’s had his head turned for sure – there is no denying that.
‘We move forward and my focus is on the team and players who want to be here.
‘My focus is on St Mirren. If a bid comes that the board likes and the player tells me face to face that he wants to go then we’ll see what happens.’
Newcome Itten is in line to make his debut against St Mirren tomorrow – with Gerrard warning fans they may have to wait a little longer to see Kemar Roofe.
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