Danny Mills has advised Rangers to accept a planned €20m (£17m) offer for winger Ianis Hagi.
Romanian outlet sport.ro reported last month that Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma intended to offer that sum for the 22-year-old in the January transfer window. Rangers’ demands were apparently enough to put off Roma’s local rivals Lazio.
The club’s previous record sale stands at the £12.15m they banked for Giovanni van Bronckhorst back in 2001, and the Gers paid just £3.15m to sign Hagi at the end of his loan spell from Belgian outfit Genk in the summer of 2020 (via Transfermarkt).
He has been directly involved in 32 goals in 69 appearances for the club, scoring 13 and setting up 19. Earlier this season, Steven Gerrard described the 22-year-old as a ‘pleasure to work with’ and called him ‘brilliant’.
Mills suggested that Rangers would be getting the better end of the deal if they sold Hagi for the quoted figure. but he admitted that he would be surprised if the offer ‘comes to fruition’.
“But if you’re offered that amount of money without a doubt you’d take it. £17million for that calibre of player is wow, snap your hand off.
“Whether that comes to fruition at £17million I would be a little bit surprised if it did.”
It does seem as if Roma would be paying slightly over the odds for Hagi, even though he’s clearly a talented player, provng his worth at Ibrox with his match average of 2.4 shots, a figure bettered only by Alfredo Morelos.
Indeed, he’d be going for around three times his estimated value, but some would argue that he’s simply worth £17m to Rangers, and it must be taken into account what the Gers might lose on the pitch if they were to cash in on him.
Gerrard has expressed frustration with the club’s limited spending, but an influx of £17m could be reinvested in multiple positions.
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