Report: Galatasaray keen on Rangers' Ianis Hagi this summer, want him to wear No.10
Galatasaray want to bring Rangers star Ianis Hagi to Turkey this summer and make him their number 10, according to Yenisafak.
The Turkish outlet reports that a new Super Lig rule on foreign players has strengthened Gala’s resolve to land the Romanian international.
All clubs must have eight home-grown players in their matchday squad as from next season, and the Rangers star qualifies as one having been born in Turkey.
Gheorghe Hagi – Ianis’ father – spent five years at Galatasaray before retiring in 2001, and the club are now hoping his son can be tempted to follow in his footsteps.
Could Hagi be tempted?
The 22-year-old played a huge role in helping to fire us to the Premiership title in 2020-21, and should be keen to wait as we attempt to mount a successful title defence.
Hagi bagged six goals and made nine assists in 28 league games last term, and it was a brilliant debut campaign for him at Ibrox.
Clearly, the Romanian international will look to move on someday, and while the temptation to join Gala is likely there, moving to Turkey right now is not different from remaining in Scotland.
The Super Lig is not greater or better than the SPFL at the moment, and there is no reason why he should be swapping Rangers for Galatasaray.
While Hagi is not in any way bigger than the club, he can do better.
His dad played for Real Madrid and Barcelona before heading to Turkey to retire, and it does not make sense if he decides to move there right now.
He needs to spend at least one more season at Rangers before deciding to leave, and whenever he does, it should be to one of the top teams in Europe’s top five leagues.
The Light Blues star will need to get very prolific in front of goal next term to boost his chances of doing that, though, and we are looking forward to seeing how he will do in 2021-22.
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