Rangers are looking to shore up the left wing with links to Romanian youth international Alexi Pitu, whose connections to both Ianis Hagi and his father are being heavily documented in the press.
The 18-year-old, who has a lot of caps at youth levels with his country, currently plies his trade with Hagi senior’s FCV Farul Constanta, but has had an excellent season in Romania with 10 goals and assists in 19 appearances, which at the age of two years shy of his 20th birthday is an impressive haul.
Not unlike the similarly impressive Belgian youth international Noah Sadiki who will likely be worth a fortune in a few years, Pitu has a current value of around £2M but his talent is unmistakable.
The press are also making a big deal of his being a former team mate of Ianis Hagi, which would help him settle in Scotland for sure – the Romanian international signed a new contract recently keeping him at Ibrox for an extended period so he’s going nowhere without a hefty fee.
As for Pitu? He’s actually right-footed, and like his more esteemed friend he is flexible to play among the front three, and frankly is a very similar player in both style, stature and positioning, except that main berth being on the left.
Unfortunately he’s useless with his left foot, so for a left winger he’s all about cutting in and using his right – he’s quick, if not super fast, and dribbles well, but he’s physically a bit weaker and will never win anything in the air.
He is of course only 18 so has a lot of growing to do, but we’ll see again in time if this is one Rangers are genuinely interested in or it’s just the links. The player himself said:
So he’s interested, but perhaps not this season?