Borussia Dortmund have emerged as favourites to land Romania Under-21 international Ianis Hagi, according to reports.
El Mundo Deportivo cite a report in German outlet Der Westen which claims the negotiations are ‘very advanced’ and the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc has scouted him at the European Under-21 championships.
The 20-year-old is starring for his nation’s Under-21 side in the current European Championships – inspiring his side to a semi-final appearance.
Last week, Diario Sport cited reports in the Romanian press that Barcelona could pay €8m to secure the player’s signature, following reports of interest from Sevilla.
He is the son of former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Gheorghe Hagi – arguably the greatest player in the history of Romanian football – and his dad is currently his manager at Viitorul Constanța.
Gheorghe was considered one of European football’s top players during the 1980s and 1990s while his son plays in a similar position in advanced midfield and appears similarly technically gifted.
“I told him to choose Sevilla, because he would do well,” his national team boss Cosmin Contra is cited as saying by the report after telling Fanatik.
“In fact, Spanish football is ideal for the Romanian footballer, we will see if he will listen to my advice.”
Hagi scored 14 goals last season for his club side and has previously been on the books of Italian club Fiorentina, who own 30% of any future sale.