Rangers would be willing to sell Scottish Premiership winner Ianis Hagi for around £8.5 million with Lazio keen to bring the youngster to Serie A, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
When it comes to Gheorghe Hagi’s 22-year-old son, we’re sure that Rangers fans would understand why we have been left scratching our heads.
One on hand, Ianis’s ability is clear to see. He may just be the most technically-gifted player in the country.
On the other, it is hard to imagine a more frustrating footballer than the diminutive play-maker.
Hagi seems to flit from exceptional to anonymous, often from minute to minute; following up a superb, slaloming run with an overhit pass or drifting into a dangerous position before miscontrolling the ball under the slightest bit of pressure.
Then again, a tally of seven goals and 12 assists this season speaks for itself.
And the ever-demanding Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is clearly willing to take the rough with the smooth, making Hagi one of the first names on his team-sheet since the turn of the year.
So reports suggesting that the Gers would sell for £8.5 million – one year after paying £4 million to sign Hagi from Genk – will raise an eyebrow or two on the south of the Clyde.
Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Italian giants Lazio want a new attacker following an inconsistent campaign in Serie A.
While Hagi would cost far more than their other target – River Plate’s Rafael Santos Borre – the former does have something the latter doesn’t; an EU passport.
On paper, Hagi certainly has the raw talent to shine at a club of Lazio’s size and stature. But, as even the most optimistic Rangers supporter will tell you, the little midfielder has a long way to go before he can be mentioned in the same breath as his famous father.