By Kealan Hughes

13th May, 2021 | 12:14pm

Rangers may be forced to sell Ianis Hagi as talk of contract clause emerges

Rangers will be forced to sell Ianis Hagi this summer if a club meets the transfer release clause in his contract, pundit Ilie Dumitrescu told Digi Sport.

The former player rejects claims reportedly made by other outlets that suggest the clause is set at €10million [£8.6million].

Instead, he puts the figure above €20million [£17.2million], amid interest from Lazio and Sevilla.

Fichajes report Sevilla’s interest while Sport have linked Lazio with a move, believed to be valued at around £11.1million.

Speaking to Digi Sport, Dumitrescu said, “He [Hagi] has a pretty big clause. There is a possibility that it can be paid, but it’s a pretty big clause, not what is circulated in the press, about 10 million.

“It is a big clause. €20m? More! It’s bigger than what is written in the press.”

Positives and negatives

This news is a little worrying as it reduces the club’s power when it comes to deciding whether to keep or sell Hagi.

If Lazio or Sevilla meet his transfer clause there is a very real chance he would leave, as Hagi is not first choice at Ibrox and clubs of that stature could appeal to him.

And although he does not start every game, we are sure Steven Gerrard would be disappointed to lose Hagi, who he has called “outstanding” in the past [The Times].

But given he is a bit of a rotation option, a fee above £20million would be very good business for Gers.

We would be able to sign an adequate replacement and strengthen other positions too, and such a fee represents a big profit for Ross Wilson.

It will be interesting to see who leaves Ibrox this summer.

We do not want to lose any of our key players but letting Hagi may leave be a sensible option if it means we get to keep our other big players.

In other Rangers news, ‘Unbelievable’ – BBC pundit gushes over ‘Exceptional play’ from Rangers star v Livi.