Steven Gerrard has performed a u-turn on the transfer of Alfredo Morelos.
With the 2019 Annual Report announcing a £10m black hole in the accounts- without making any allowance for the ‘many millions of pounds’ owed to Sports Direct- the January transfer window is critical to the survival of the Ibrox company.
Almost from the moment that he arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2017 Morelos has been primed to be sold with fanciful stories about interest and bids from China, Mexico, Turkey, England, France and Italy.
Without having played a minute of competitive international football Morelos can score England off his wish list but the need to sell is becoming desperate regardless of what Gerrard said at Hampden last Sunday.
“I’m not confident, I’m 100% sure he will be here.”
Alfredo Morelos isn’t going anywhere in January ?
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 3, 2019
Clearly words have been exchanged this week with Gerrard updated on the dire position that his company is in.
Last month he spoke about trimming the squad in January which is a complete contrast to the two 2019 transfer windows when Jermain Defoe, Steve Davis, Filip Helander and Ryan Kent were added to the wage bill.
Speaking in The Sun today, he admitted:
When the window opens, every one of our players has a price. That’s what we’re dealing with but a decision like that wouldn’t have anything to do with me — because everyone knows what my answer would be, certainly with Morelos. That decision will be taken out of my hands, but Dave King and the board know what my feelings would be if a bid was to land.
It will take a top level spin specialist to resolve that issue, if new Director of Football Ross Wilson fails to find a club willing to pay £20m for Morelos in January the prospects are grave.
If Morelos is sold Mr King will have a very angry former Liverpool youth team coach to answer to.