Starting on Tuesday, the idea that Lazio could make a move for Rangers star Ianis Hagi in the coming months has been picked up by more important members of the media.
It was website La Lazio Siamo Noi who ran the initial story, explaining the Romania international’s future at Ibrox wasn’t guaranteed due to his ambitious nature.
Well, Gazzetta dello Sport have an article on the matter on Wednesday, revealing that plans are underway in Rome to improve Lazio’s dwindling strike force, as they have scored 19 fewer goals this year than they had done in the previous campaign at the same point.
It’s made clear ‘the team is now looking around to reinforce the offensive department’ and ‘above all, the profiles of Santos Borré and Ianis Hagi are intriguing’.
While the former is certainly a good player, he is also considered a ‘non-EU citizen’ per Serie A rules, and that ‘must be taken into consideration’.
This is why Igli Tare, Lazio’s director of football, ‘also keeps an eye on Ianis Hagi’, currently one of the key pieces of Steven Gerrard’s plans at Rangers.
As well as being European, Gazzetta explain the player ‘also knows how to play on the outside and as a second striker’, before adding ‘it would take about €10m to get him’.
Such a fee would help Rangers make a profit, there’s no doubt about that, but it remains to be seen whether Gerrard is ready to part ways with him, likely wanting to keep as many of his players around for next season rather than disband the team after just one successful campaign.