A new report has claimed Ianis Hagi has a release clause in his contract as his national FA reportedly look to contact Rangers regarding his Olympic status.
The talented Romanian midfielder has been on fine form for Rangers this season and his development as a footballer over this campaign has been evident.
Hagi, 22, has been extensively linked to the likes of Sevilla, Lazio and VFL Bochum in Spain, Italy and Germany respectively and if those reports are to be believed, the Gers are bracing themselves for a summer bid.
But according to former Romanian international Ilie Dumitrescu, that could be for a reduced amount and Hagi has a release clause in his contract of around €10m, or a measly £8.5m.
“He has a pretty big clause,” said Dumitrescu, on the show Fotbal Club, from Digi Sport.
“There is a possibility to be paid, but it’s a pretty big clause, not what is circulated in the press, about 10 million.
“It has a big clause! More! It’s bigger than what is written in the press. I don’t know, but it’s bigger than what is written in the press.”
Earlier reports had claimed Lazio were prepared to pay around £11m for the player, or €13m [Sport.ro].
The comments also come whilst established Romanian journalist Emmanuel Rosu claims there is yet to be a decision taken on Hagi’s Olympic status.
The Ibrox attacking midfielder could yet travel to the tournament in Japan but if he does this will clash with the Gers’ Champions League qualifiers.
Rosu claims that the Romanian Football Association will contact the Gers with it “not clear” if Rangers will let him leave for the tournament with the ball in the Ibrox club’s court.
At this point, it's not sure whether Rangers will allow Ianis Hagi to go to the Olympics with Romania's NT or not. The FA will ask for an official answer from the champions of Scotland. #RangersFC
— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) May 13, 2021
Hagi has had a very impressive return in Rangers colours this season currently tops the Scottish Premiership assist charts.
The solid numbers for a player who has been in and out of the side is further evidence that £11m – or even £8.5m – should not be enough.