Ianis Hagi’s agent has sensationally claimed that he has spoken to Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain and Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho about the Rangers loanee’s availability.
The son of former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Gheorghe Hagi has shone since joining the Ibrox side on loan in January, scoring twice and supplying an assist in three Europa League games.
Steven Gerrard have the option to take Hagi from Genk permanently for £4.5m this summer, but they could now be rivalled for his signature by some European heavyweights.
I have been asked personally by Jose Mourinho and Txiki Begiristain about Ianis Hagi’, the 21-year-old’s agent, Giovani Becali, said.
‘They wanted to know about him and how he was getting on. There’s a lot of top people in European football who know all about Ianis and what he can do.
Hagi developed that ‘graceful’ style in his father’s own football academy as a youngster before signing for Romanian side FC Viitorul’s Under 19s and rising to the first team.
He worked his way to Belgium via a spell at Fiorentina, making just two Serie A appearances. Now, it looks unlikely that Genk will hold onto the rising star this summer.
His last name will add some prestige to any move he makes, after his father won four LaLiga titles between his spells in Catalunya and Madrid, alongside making 20 appearances for Romania at major tournaments.