America de Cali manager Juan Carlos Osorio admits Santiago Moreno is looking to leave the club this summer amid interest from Rangers, Southampton and Leeds United, speaking to Marca.
A player labelled the ‘new Sadio Mane’ by some could soon follow in the footsteps of a Premier League and Champions League winner.
Mane was a little-known 22-year-old when he joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg in 2014.
Moreno, meanwhile, is slightly younger at just 21 and doesn’t have the added benefit of European experience under his belt.
But, according to The Telegraph, the winger’s raw talent and potential has encouraged Southampton, as well as Leeds and Rangers, to consider a move for one of South America’s up-and-coming talents.
Could Santiago Moreno head to Rangers, Leeds or Southampton?
But it’s safe to assume interest from clubs on the other side of the Atlantic mean America de Cali will now demand rather more for a player who still has almost three years left on his contract.
Moreno was conspicuous by his absence during the 4-1 midweek defeat to Athletico Paranaense in the Copa Sudamerica.
And, according to Osario, the Colombian was omitted because he has his heart set on a move away from the club that handed him his senior debut in 2019.
“Santiago’s decision to consider the offer he apparently has had has been strictly the decision of him and his agent,” says Osorio, the former Mexico manager who was linked with the Crystal Palace post before Patrick Vieira’s appointment.
“We think he doesn’t have his head set on the team and much less on this very important game. For that reason, we decided he should be marginalised from collective work.
“We invited Santiago to make a decision (on his future) and obviously the decision is he is considering leaving. That is why we do not believe he has his head on this match.
“(Moreno leaving) would be unfortunate because he is a young player.”
It has been suggested Moreno would choose Rangers over Leeds and Southampton thanks to the prospect of European football at Ibrox.