As reported by Daily Record, top agent Giovani Becali has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has enquired about the availability of Ianis Hagi. The KRC Genk starlet is currently on loan at Rangers, as the Scottish giants reportedly have a buyout clause of £4.5 million. However, Spurs could face stiff competition from Manchester City, whose sporting director is also keen on Hagi.
Ianis Hagi: Player profile
Hagi joined Rangers in January in a short term loan deal from KRC Genk. The young Romanian has featured in 12 competitive games for Steven Gerrard’s men, scoring three goals and providing two assists. He was slowly becoming a key member of the first-team before the season got suspended due to Coronavirus.
An attacking midfielder by trade, Hagi is a dynamic footballer who likes to create chances in the final third. He is very quick on his feet and is often on the lookout for key through passes to open up opposing defences. The youngster is a restless attacker, who is capable of attacking the opposition as soon as he gets the ball.
Standing at 1.82m, Hagi doesn’t exactly have a short frame, meaning he does have to keep his balance whenever he’s on the ball. However, the fact that the young Romanian is capable of using both his feet makes it easier for him to find quick passes without losing the ball.
Is Hagi a viable target for Tottenham?
In many ways, Hagi’s style of play can be compared to Erik Lamela. His aggression and tenacity, combined with his remarkable ability to create chances, make him a well-rounded playmaker. Also, while he has impressed in the Europa League, the 21-year-old lacks experience at the highest level of football, having yet to play in any of the top five leagues in Europe.
That being said, a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur might actually make sense for both the parties. For Spurs, manager Jose Mourinho will be provided with an additional attacking option, which could be essential following the departure of Christian Eriksen.
But, at the same time, Hagi will not be considered as a first-team option and will instead compete with the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and even Lamela. That’s where the player could really benefit.
He could slowly gain more experience playing in arguably the most competitive league in Europe and in time, the Romanian might be groomed into a creator-in-chief for the Lilywhites. Meanwhile, Rangers can also gain a quick-profile if they do opt for the buyout clause of just £4.5 million.