A report from Romania claims that Arsenal have made an offer for FC Viitorul midfielder, Ianis Hagi.

Romania's forward Ianis Hagi (L) and Sweden's defender Emil Krafth eye the ball during the Euro 2020 football 1st round Groupe F qualification match between Sweden and Romania on March 23, 2019 in Solna. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFPac)
Romania’s forward Ianis Hagi (L) and Sweden’s defender Emil Krafth eye the ball during the Euro 2020 football 1st round Groupe F qualification match between Sweden and Romania on March 23, 2019 in Solna. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFPac)

The 20-year-old Romanian is reportedly wanted by FC Steaua Bucuresti, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, and Arsenal, with the Gunners apparently making an offer for the player.

Truth be told, Google Translate isn’t the best with Romanian so it’s hard to make total sense of this piece but what seems clear is they are urging FCSB to up their €3.75m offer for the player because Spartak have offered €8.5m and Arsenal are getting involved.

Speaking on TV DigiSport in Romania, journalist Decebal Rădulescu said, when discussing interest in the player, “And Arsenal offered the Future.” It’s not clear how much actual money they offered, however.

Of course, that’s not actually what he said (and this is a correction) because Google translate made a fool of me and Twitter, as it does, offered the correction:

The fee, as it stands at €8.5m, would make Hagi the third most expensive Romanian of all time behind Nicolae Stanciu (€9.8m to Anderlecht) and Vlad Chiriches (€9.5m to Tottenham).

Before he moves, Hagi wants assurances that he will play an acceptable number of games. He wishes to establish himself firmly in the Romanian national team, where he seems to enjoy a more attacking position. He currently has five full caps.

Hagi played 24 times in Liga 1, Romania’s top tier, last season. He scored seven and assisted five. Overall, he finished with 14 goals and eight assists from 39 games which is an impressive return from the middle of the pitch, especially for a 20-year-old.

I’m not going to pretend I know much about him beyond what I’ve read but this seems like a story to keep an eye on.

He is also Gheorghe Hagi’s son.

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