A Belgian daily newspaper and Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu have both claimed Rangers are on the verge of completing the permanent signing of Ianis Hagi from Genk.
Het Laatste Nieuws claims that Rangers have exercised their exclusive option to buy Ianis Hagi for €5 million at the expiration of his loan deal and that the two clubs are now thrashing out the final details.
Meanwhile, Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu, who provided information on Hagi in January prior to his loan move to Ibrox, has also asserted that the deal is almost done.
“Ianis Hagi’s move to Rangers on a permanent deal is in the final stages of settlement,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Like I told you two weeks ago, the player’s wish was to play for Rangers no matter what offer comes his way. He made it clear to his representatives and to both Rangers and Genk.”
Ianis Hagi's move to Rangers on a permanent deal is in the final stages of settlement. Like I told you two weeks ago, the player's wish was to play for Rangers no matter what offer comes his way. He made it clear to his representatives and to both Rangers and Genk.
— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) May 21, 2020
These two updates follow a report from Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport earlier in the week which asserted that the Gers were set to beat Lazio to Hagi’s signature, much to the delight of many Bears.
While things can change right up until a transfer is officially announced, it does seem that it’s now a matter of when rather than if Rangers unveil the playmaker as their first summer signing.
€5 million is a significant outlay, but given the Romania international’s age and unquestionable talent levels, many will argue it’s a relative bargain.
The 21-year-old still has plenty to learn and may need to add some bulk over the coming months if he is to dominate in the Premiership.
Yet, he’s already shown in European competition that he’s capable of starring against quality opposition and if deployed in his favoured no.10 role, he could prove a real weapon during the 2020/21 season.