Ianis Hagi is this lunchtime being linked with his long-time suitor Galatasaray, after the Turkish side were said to be interested in making a bid for the Romanian star, long-associated with his father’s old side, while Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a shock free transfer to Italian giants Inter.
It is true that the attacking midfielder has been mooted for a switch to Turkey for a very long time, practically every window Hagi is linked with a move to Gala, given all the connections he has there, but the difference this time is his position at Ibrox is now absolutely crammed full of players, and the playmaker is going to find it tougher than before to get a place.
Including injured players, Hagi is up against Tom Lawrence, Scott Arfield, Todd Cantwell, Malik Tillman and Alex Lowry for that fabled 10 jersey. Yes, there’s flexibility regarding these guys maybe playing on the wing, but for now, Kent is absolutely 100% immovable from the left and Sakala (and maybe Whittaker) have sown up the right. So there’s no place.
As for Morelos? This was a unexpected, the Italian Serie A, surprisingly beaten recently, are pushing for a Champions League place, and while not the force they were, ditto their city rivals Milan, are still a big European name and it would be absolutely the move Morelos would be thrilled with. His agent seems to be pushing this one.
These are both in the early stages, whether we see either player move on this window or the next remains to be seen – the one concern we’d have over Hagi is the same thing Jamie Murphy had to deal with – time. Time has moved on from a year ago with Rangers hardening up the number 10 slot, and while many fans admire Hagi, his pace was already a concern before the injury, and he’ll have lost even more since the surgery.
With a glut of players now in that slot, Hagi may find his chances a bit limited in there now, as Murphy did all those years ago despite being a first pick under Steven Gerrard at the beginning.
Morelos? He’d grab at the chance of a top Serie A side.
More as we get it.