According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Lazio are moving for Ianis Hagi, and are studying their options to get him for a cheap price.
Hagi, son of Romanian legend Gheorghe, moved to Ibrox on loan during the January transfer window, with them having a purchase option of €5m (£4.4m).
However, it looks as though the Italian outfit are trying to take him to Serie A which could throw a spanner in the works. The report does state, though, that if Rangers do take up the option to sign him permanently, it would make their attempt to sign him more difficult.
Romania international Hagi has had a very positive impact since making the switch to Ibrox three months ago. He has scored three times and provided two assists in 12 appearances, adding a bit of flair and attacking threat to Steven Gerrard’s midfield.
Whilst he was not a regular at Genk during the first half of the campaign, three goals and four assists in 14 matches in the Belgian League is far from a disappointing return, and his two goals at the U21 European Championships last summer indicate that he has what it takes to perform on the international stage as well.
Given his pedigree, it is little surprise to see a side like Lazio, who were chasing the Serie A title before the league was suspended, keen on him. Given he is just 21 years of age, a €5m (£4.4m) transfer fee would be a fantastic piece of business.
This is exactly why Rangers cannot afford to let him slip through the net. In the long term, he could prove to be a valuable asset – not just on the pitch, but in terms of his re-sale value further down the line. The Glasgow side must do all they can to make sure he is still wearing their darker shade of blue next season.
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