El Porvenir reports that if Tigres are unable to sign Rafael Borre, they will try to sign Alfredo Morelos from Rangers.
Seven times Mexican champions have launched a bid for Eintracht Frankfurt forward Borre that may go as high as £9.7 million.
They have identified Ibrox star Morelos as a potential replacement, though, and are prepared to make a “significant bid” to sign the Colombian in January should a deal not materialise.
“It should be noted that in addition to Borré, Tigres has as its second option the Argentine Mateo Retegui from Tigre from Argentina and the third is the Colombian Alfredo Morelos from Rangers from Scotland,” they wrote (10 January).
“These two footballers being others of interest and for whom they would make important offers to sign one if they fail to close the incorporation of Rafael Santos.”
If Tigres indeed make this significant offer, Rangers and Morelos will need to make some significant decisions this month.
Given that Morelos is Michael Beale’s first-choice striker, it is obvious that Rangers want to keep him around after the season, when his current contract expires.
However, Morelos has toyed with leaving for a while now since he wants to play in Europe’s best divisions to prove himself and display his skills. Although offers have been made in the past, those clubs don’t seem to be interested this time.
Tigres are one of the best teams in South America, and if they can spend over £10 million on a player, they will undoubtedly be able to pay him enough to persuade him to join.
It will be fascinating to watch if this happens and how much they are willing to offer for Morelos; if it is a significant offer, Rangers will have to take it because they cannot afford to lose Morelos for nothing in the summer.