Rangers have completed £4.5m signing of Ianis Hagi as was confirmed to us by two sources last night. While there were rumours floating about (like the report by La Gazzetta Dello Sport) regarding Rangers activating the permanent transfer clause, there was no confirmation from our sources on the same.
However, last night we got the confirmation that the Ibrox side have indeed made the move permanent and have tied down Ianis Hagi to a 5-year contract. The fee of £4.5m has been agreed with the parent club Genk to make this transfer for the Romanian permanent.
The son of legend Gheorghe Hagi became a fan favourite at the Ibrox in the short time he has been in Scotland with scintillating performances on the field while many of his teammates were struggling after the winter break.
All indications were there from the start that Rangers wanted to make this deal permanent despite the effects of COVID 19 on the transfer market. Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson at the beginning of this month said: “He’s on loan until the end of season 19/20 whenever that comes – whether it is the end of May, end of June or end of July.
“We’ve got an exclusive option on him that was negotiated at the time, and we have a little bit of time before we need to take that up.
“I think he has found a place at Rangers where he’s felt loved, he can feel the size of the club and loved the intensity and the pressure of the crowd.
“He conducted that famous interview after the Braga game where he was so happy to be here.
“Steven Gerrard is fantastic to him, as are all the other coaches. Everyone has a really good relationship with him.”
So, it seems Hagi gets his wish of moving to Rangers while the Gers fans will get to see the exciting talent in full flow whenever the new season starts.