Rangers fans have responded to widespread reports that their club have completed the signing of Ianis Hagi from Genk for £3m plus add-ons [Glasgow Times].
Romania international Hagi joined the Gers on loan in January in a deal which included an exclusive option to buy in the summer.
With the global health crisis ending the season early and bringing widespread financial uncertainty to Scottish football, there were some doubts about the move, with other clubs across Europe also said to be interested.
However, a BBC Scotland report confirmed on Monday that Rangers and Genk were in negotiations over the player’s sale and now it appears the deal has been wrapped up.
In an update on their website which was subsequently deleted, Genk claimed that the Gers had taken up their option to buy, before wishing Hagi well with his new club.
Then came reports on the details. It had been thought that any move for the playmaker would set the Gers back around €5 million.
Yet, it seems they managed to negotiate down to £3 million-plus add-ons, with payments staggered over a period of years.
I understand Genk mistakingly published news on Ianis Hagi signing for Rangers. Only a matter of time before it’s confirmed though. Fee believe to be over £3m, plus add-ons.
— Jordan Campbell (@JordanC1107) May 26, 2020
Ianis Hagi set to join @RangersFC in £3m deal. Payments will be split over three years.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) May 26, 2020
The reports have gone down extremely well with Rangers fans.
Hagi was one of the few positives to come from a poor start to 2020 for Steven Gerrard’s side and it seems plenty of Bears believe he’s well worth the investment.
Many are now calling on the club to officially announce the signing as soon as possible, while some have taken the chance to call out controversial pundit Michael Stewart, who recently claimed the club wouldn’t be able to afford to bring the playmaker in on a permanent deal.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Outrageous piece of business. Delighted.
— Kevin Kennedy (@kevink1872) May 26, 2020
has it been run past @mstewart_23 first?
— john stott (@johnstott1981) May 26, 2020
Great news, the board must have got the ok from @mstewart_23
— Danny D (@GlasgowDee19) May 26, 2020
— Matt (@mt2oo8) May 26, 2020
— Ben (@Ben1872_) May 26, 2020
that will do nicely sort of player u build your team around
— hugh thomas (@shugt77) May 26, 2020
Fantastic if true
— pooch (@Magtruss) May 27, 2020
— Ali ♠️ (@HagiSauce) May 26, 2020
Outstanding business from Rangers and Ross Wilson. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💙 https://t.co/yZFf4OWCKs
— Callum (@Mackenzito94) May 26, 2020