I’m sure no one expected to start off their Sunday reading that Ianis Hagi was linked to Aberdeen. However, reports from Romania yesterday suggested exactly that. Sport.ro suggested that Lecce, Espanyol, Galatasary and Aberdeen were all interested in the 24-year-old Romanian.
Ianis Hagi’s Rangers Future
The aforementioned report had this to say regarding his future;
‘Rangers is ready to sell Ianis Hagi this summer, although they just extended his contract in December’ announced ibroxnews.com, two weeks ago. Put by Glasgow Rangers on the transfer list, after being absent from the field for over a year due to a serious knee injury, the son of Gică Hagi would have several options available for immediate transfers.Sport.ro
It’s been a tough year for him and many were shocked he was handed a new contract. It was one of the first big decisions Michael Beale made upon his arrival.
There’s always a risk that a player isn’t the same after coming back from that serious an injury. He’s looked off of the pace since his return but that was expected.
With a full preseason behind him he may be sharper. Many reports like this one suggest he may not make it till the first SPFL game of the season though.
The Interested Clubs
This list is from the same report mentioned at the beginning of the article;
Parma, Espanyol and Aberdeen want him. Buruk does not want Romanians at GalatasaraySport.ro
According to Sport.ro, the teams interested in the services of the Romanian player are US Lecce (Serie A), Espanyol Barcelona (Segunda Division, Galatasaray (Super Lig) and Aberdeen (Scottish Premiership). They would like to loan him for a season with an option purchase, and Rangers want 4 million euros in exchange for him.
Rangers Twitter went into a frenzy yesterday when Aberdeen were one of the clubs linked. However, that’s not a deal I can see materialising. Galatasary are always an option, especially with their connection to his dad.
€4m seems a fair price for the current version of Ianis Hagi. Obviously, it’s currently unclear if he can ever reach the levels he was at in the 20/21 season. A nice sell on % on top of that would represent a great deal.
This is a tough one for me. I love him when he’s at his best. Unfortunately though, there’s no guarantee he can get back to that level.
While still only 24-years-old, he really struggled to get back to match sharpness at the end of last season. Who’s to say a full preseason would make a difference?
I think it’s time to thank the Romanian playmaker and move on. As I previously stated, €4m plus a sell on % would be an excellent deal for Rangers.
That would allow the club to replace him without worrying too much if he did his previous levels. It covers all bases.
How do you feel about Ianis Hagi? Would you sell before the season starts? Or give him the first few games to see what he can do? It’s definitely an interesting situation and it’ll fascinating to see how it ends up.