Cagliari manager Walter Zenga has revealed he is looking to sign Ianis Hagi if he gets the opportunity when the transfer window reopens.
Rangers can sign the Romanian international for £4.5m if they take up their option to buy the 21-year-old, but Zenga, who also targeted the midfielder when he managed Crotone, says he’d like to snap up the player:
“I’ve been following the progress of Ianis Hagi for three years, of course, I want to bring him to Cagliari. Three years ago, I was manager of Crotone and I tried to bring Ianis to the club on loan from Fiorentina, where he was wasn’t getting a game.”
“But Gheorghe Hagi wouldn’t sanction the move because he wanted him to return to Romania. He is a huge talent and would have coped at Crotone 100 per cent.”
In addition to Cagliari, Lazio have also been tracking Hagi, but their interest is very much dependent on what Rangers choose to do next.
£4.5m is a sizeable outlay in the current financial climate. Certainly, the new kit supplier deal with Castore will help in that regard but, even so, spending so much on a player who has played just twelve games for the club is still a risk.
The Gers may, though, see it as an investment for the future with Hagi’s value likely to increase in the coming years.