Rangers aren’t prepared to sell in-demand star Ianis Hagi this month and want to extend his contract until 2026, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.
Ever since he signed for the Gers on a permanent deal from Genk in the summer of 2020 following a successful loan deal, Hagi has been linked with a move elsewhere.
AS Roma [Sport] and Galatasaray [Sabah Spor] are two of the big European clubs to be credited with interest in recent months.
He hasn’t quite got it right on the pitch so far this season, with only one goal and one assist to his name in the Premiership, so some fans might back a sale.
However, according to Konur, the Romania international is going nowhere this month.
He claims that despite interest from ‘many teams’, Hagi won’t be allowed to leave Ibrox, with the club keen to extend his contract through until 2026.
The 23-year-old’s current deal runs until 2024 and his father, Gheorghe Hagi recently claimed he’d heard from a ‘reliable source’, that a new contract was in the pipeline [Daily Record].
Right call from Rangers on Hagi?
Hagi has had an unremarkable season so far, with just three goals and four assists to his name across all competitions.
However, he’s often been used out wide under Gio van Bronckhorst, and it’s clear that the role doesn’t suit him.
There’s certainly no doubting his talent and desire to be successful with the club, though, and he’s a valuable asset.
Selling now would make little sense given GvB’s relative lack of other options on the right, but if Rangers could tie him down for an extra few years, it would put them in a stronger position to negotiate if clubs come in with offers in the summer.
Meanwhile, Rangers are reportedly interested in a Championship club’s teenage talent.