Rangers braced for Galatasaray bid for Ianis Hagi before January deadline
Rangers are braced for an offer from Turkish giants Galatasaray for attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi before the January deadline, according to The Sun.
Hagi has been out of action for over a year after suffering an ACL injury in the cup last January, but is on the verge of a first-team return under Michael Beale later this month.
However that hasn’t put Galatasaray off being interested in a shock move this month, and the Glasgow club are now braced for an offer before the deadline next week.
“But Rangers are braced for Turkish giants Galatasaray to make an offer for Hagi, who only just signed a new deal until 2025 last month,” they wrote (25 January).
Hagi has a history with Galatasaray, having been born in Istanbul where his dad is a hero after helping the team win the UEFA Cup during his own playing career.
It would have been interesting if this interest had come to the surface while Hagi was out injured and before Michael Beale came into the club to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
But one of the first things that Beale did upon returning to Ibrox was ensure that Hagi penned a new contract with Rangers that tied his long-term future to the club.
It would be a huge show of faith in the player from the manager, but also on top of that it shows that the player was happy to stay in Scotland and get back to the form that made him a household name.
But considering the attacking options at the club already and the fact that there is no guarantee that Hagi will ever reach the levels he once did again after such a serious injury, it will be tough to not at least consider an offer that comes in.
How big that offer is will make any decision easier, but it would be a real surprise if he were allowed to leave the club so close to the deadline and with the ink on his new contract still wet.