According to DigiSport, RB Leipzig are interested in Glasgow Rangers versatile forward Ianis Hagi.
The Romania international has been in impressive form since the start of this season, having bagged four goals and 10 assists in just 26 appearances across all competitions.
It’s no surprise, then, that other sides have started to take notice, and Romanian publication DigiSport claim RB Leipzig are keen to bring Hagi to the Red Bull Arena.
The report reveals Julian Nagelsmann is desperate to find the perfect replacement for the injured Dominik Szoboszlai and the Bundesliga giants have the 22-year-old firmly in their sights.
Whilst Alfredo Morelos has been heavily linked with the Ibrox exit in recent months, the potential loss of Hagi would be even more devastating for Steven Gerrard.
Rangers chief Ross Wilson splashed the cash to sign Hagi in the summer – a reported £3m in instalments spread across three seasons – and it’s fair to say that he has exceeded expectations so far – he’s bagged two goals in his past four appearances in the Scottish Premiership alone.
Last season, he scored one goal in seven Premiership appearances for the Gers, and netted a memorable brace in a 3-2 victory over Braga in the Europa League in February last year.
And now, he’s established himself as an integral part of Gerrard’s Gers, and is a key reason why they find themselves 19 points clear of Celtic at the top of the table, having contributed to 14 goals in all competitions this season. He certainly didn’t just join the club to make up the numbers, that’s for sure.
Gerrard paid tribute to Hagi after they defeated Neil Lennon’s side in the second Old Firm derby of the season, telling Rangers TV, as quoted by The Sun: “It was on our mind in terms of myself and the coaching staff to make a change because we weren’t happy with the front three in the first 45 minutes.
“It was a stroke of luck really – not in terms of the injury as Kemar has a niggle in his quad which we will have to assess and hope he is back fit.
“But it actually played into my hands to get Ianis onto the pitch and I thought he was outstanding in the second half.
“Ianis takes on information really well and I thought he was really brave to receive the ball in the wide areas.
“Ianis basically produced in the second 45 we were looking for from our 10s in the whole game. So credit to him, but it is a bit of a blow losing Kemar.”
This kind of impact is exactly the sort of reason why Wilson simply can’t afford to lose the £4m-rated ace. He’s simply too important for their future prospects.