Rangers have rejected a bid from Galatasaray for Ibrox starlet Ianis Hagi, reports Sport.ro (via Rangers News).
The Lowdown: January interest
According to Sport.ro, the Turkish giants previously had a bid dismissed by the Gers for the 23-year-old ahead of the January window late last year. Jose Mourinho was also reportedly interested in bringing the Romania international to Roma.
However, a knee injury towards the end of the winter window sidelined Hagi for the remainder of the season, rendering him out of action for Rangers’ sensational Europa League campaign.
Former manager Steven Gerrard had hailed the midfielder for a “brilliant” performance in Rangers’ 1-0 win in the Europa League play-offs ahead of the season, so the player’s absence was as a huge blow for the Glasgow side.
The Latest: New bid, GvB wants to keep him
According to a fresh report by Sport.ro relayed by Rangers News, Galatasaray are not giving up their long-term interest in Hagi, and it is reported that the Turkish outfit have had a £6m bid rejected by the Blues for the player.
It is claimed that Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst views the midfielder as an important player for his side next season.
The Verdict: Could be further interest?
With the report also suggesting that Roma were keen to make a move for the 23-year-old before he sustained his serious knee injury, it would not be surprising to see the UEFA Conference League winners come back in for the Rangers man, given that he will be back playing soon.
Furthermore, with Hagi being a Galatasaray fan, this could complicate the situation. He was also born in Istanbul and his father even played for the giant club.
Therefore, we feel further interest in Hagi could yet lead to a transfer away from the Glasgow club this summer despite GvB’s desire for him to stay.
In other news: Rangers: Cedric Itten on brink of Ibrox exit
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