Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos has agreed on personal terms with Lille ahead of a prospective transfer this summer (Sky Sports). It is understood that the French side see him as a replacement for striker Victor Osimhen, who could join Napoli this summer.
REPORT: Rangers Striker Alfredo Morelos Agrees Personal Terms With Lille
Transfer Fee Yet to Be Decided Between Rangers and Lille
Lille qualified for the Europa League with a fourth-place finish in France’s top-tier. Victor Osimhen provided 18 goals for LOSC and it appears that Morelos is being lined up as his replacement.
Lille Want Rangers Star Striker
Nicknamed ‘El Bufalo’ by the Ibrox faithful, the 24-year-old helped Rangers to their best league points tally in eight years in the 2018/19 season.
Morelos was impressive in front of goal this season despite its early curtailment; he has scored 29 goals across all competitions in just 46 appearances.
Rangers are still competing in the Europa League this season too. The forward played all 90 minutes in their 3-1 first-leg loss to Bayer Leverkusen prior to lockdown.
The Colombian forward, known for his fiery temperament, signed for the Gers in June 2017 for £1 million. He joined from Finnish side HJK Helsinki after scoring an astonishing 46 goals in just 62 games.
Rangers Short on Attackers
With less than a week until the season begins, Morelos’ departure would be hard to swallow for many Rangers fans.
Gerrard told the Scottish press last week about his concern over the striker shortage at the club. He admitted “We haven’t got enough options in the number nine area at the moment. We’re actively looking to strengthen in that area. We have to be patient and try and get the right one in.”
The Liverpool legend added “We can’t just make a decision for the short term. We have to look at the big picture and the long term. We’ll only go in for the right name who can help us over 60 games rather than someone who can help us for the next few weeks.”
Jermaine Defoe will be Rangers’ only natural striker should Morelos move on. Gerrard’s side head into this season knowing that failure to win the league may gift Celtic a tenth successive title.