‘I really want’: Rangers winger Ianis Hagi declares dream of Galatasaray transfer
Steven Gerrard risks losing Ianis Hagi in the summer transfer window after the Rangers forward professed his love and dream to one day play for Galatasaray to Digi Sport.
Hagi offered six goals and nine assists in the top-flight, while adding a further two goals and six assists to his record across the cup competitions, after starting 33 of his combined 45 appearances.
Hagi’s efforts in Glasgow have attracted interest from across Europe, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting recently that Lazio have eyes on a potential €10m (£9m) deal for the 22-year-old as the Serie A side strive to add more goals to Simone Inzaghi’s offence.
Lazio view Hagi as an intriguing option as he is capable of playing on either side of the pitch, but the Romania international appears to have his eyes – and heart – set on a move to Turkey and forging a career at Galatasaray.
“I really want [to play for Galatasaray],” he said. “It’s a club I love. I grew up with it, I was born there. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I’m attached to this club.”
It is noted that Hagi could look to leave Rangers this summer to pursue his dream of playing for Galatasaray, but it is not suggested that the Super Lig giants are currently assessing a move for the forward.
TBR’s view: Gerrard faces losing Rangers forward Hagi
Hagi speaking so publicly of his attachment to Galatasaray and intent to play for the Istanbul outfit will come as a warning to Gerrard, as the Rangers boss surely now risks losing the attacker in the summer or a near-future transfer window.
The Gers will be able to hold out and demand a good sum to sell the forward with Hagi under contract through to 2024, and having played a key role in Gerrard’s plans this season with the fifth-most goals and second-most assists across all competitions.
Gerrard will certainly be loath to losing Hagi, having waxed lyrical over the 16-cap international and his first in, last out mentality to training.
“He’s someone you have to drag off the training ground,” Gerrard said, via quotes by The Scottish Sun. “Ianis is always in the analyst department too.
“He’s never out of the gym, so he’s an absolute dream to work with, very low maintenance. We’re delighted with how he is developing and progressing and we’re happy to have him.”
But as Hagi may not feel entirely the same way, Gerrard likely faces a ticking clock until the Romanian has decided that his time in Glasgow is over and that it is time to accept a new challenge away from Ibrox.
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