By Mike Slater

24th Sep, 2021 | 10:00am

Ianis Hagi to join Roma in January in Rangers exit

Rangers playmaker Ianis Hagi is set to join Roma in the January transfer window, according to Sport.

The Romanian outlet share that the attacker has been persuaded by Jose Mourinho, who himself moved to Italy in the summer.

It is suggested that the deal will amount up to £17.1million for the Bears with everything said to be agreed.

Hagi leaving would be a huge blow.

The Romanian international has been missing recently due to a positive COVID-19 test and it proved how much he would be missed.

After coming off the bench at half-time against Livingston on Wednesday, he delivered an assist within a couple of minutes.

The likes of Scott Wright and Fashion Sakala have slightly struggled and with Ryan Kent injured, options could be limited in the final third.

Needed?

Steven Gerrard may not be happy with this, but it is a huge fee.

Hagi hasn’t been short of suitors in the past couple of years since making his move to Glasgow permanently after his loan switch, and it looks as though someone as finally splashed the cash.

£17million-plus is a huge fee for the Bears and Scottish football, and it would put to bed all of these concerns surrounding finances since missing out on the Champions League.

Lazio also wanted Hagi, but the pricetag put them off – something which doesn’t appear to be the case with Roma who want to impress Mourinho to keep him around to mount a challenge for the Serie A crown.

The Bears will now have some funds to work with, and they could enter the January market for some marquee signings rather than those pre-contract agreements.

This will only be acceptable if Hagi is replaced with a big signing, and if not, it could be a big problem within the squad and management.

In other Rangers news, ‘Grim’ – Tam McManus shocked by what he saw the Bears do this week