My agent contacts have informed me that a concerted effort to punt Morelos to English Championship clubs has had no takers. His current salary stymied any interest. ‘All reasonable offers considered’ was how he was pitched. The only proviso was that the lion’s share of any fee would be paid upfront. Running on fumes is a precarious business.
With the beleaguered board desperate to drum up some interest for him and get him off the payroll, Traynor stepped up with a fake bid from a club in Guangzhou. The two clubs in this South East province of China are the inordinately successful Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao and the Sevco of the Chinese Super League, Guangzhou R&F.
To add authenticity to his fake news, Traynor apprised his SMSM lickspittles that a bid was tabled in Chinese Yuan. At the current exchange rate a figure of £7m was agreed upon. Ralston could not believe his luck as he moved at light speed to print.
If he had just demurred for a moment he would have discovered that as of this year teams can only use three foreign players at most in any match, and that the number of foreign players is no more than the number of U-23 players. A maximum of four foreign players in the squad is permissible, as long as this does not exceed the U-23 players on the books.
Both of the Guangzhou clubs have their full allocation of foreign players.
This bid is as fictitious as RB Leipzig’s £6m bid for Barrie Mackay. The idea of King turning down £7m for a player for whom Caixinha purchased for £1,080,000 is risible.
This is a doubled-edged PR sword by Traynor. Player stays, Rangers Lite are rich and ambitious. Morelos goes the offer (duly inflated) was too good to turn down.
With individuals as eager to please as Ralston on the case like a wet kiss on a dooby, Traynor thought he had pulled another fast one, but in the final analysis:
Traynor is just a Yuan-ker.