NEWS
Monday July 1 2019
Ianis Hagi set to join Sevilla

Romania Under-21 international Ianis Hagi will sign for Sevilla "if nothing crazy happens", according to fresh reports in his native country.

Voetbalzone in the Netherlands cites a report from ProTV that the creative midfielder will join the Andalusian club, who will then discontinue their interest in Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech.

It comes after claims that Borussia Dortmund were favourites for the in-demand Romanian, while Barcelona had also been linked to a move.

El Mundo Deportivo cited a report in German outlet Der Westen which claims the negotiations with Dortmund 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.

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