Revealed: Major Ianis Hagi development as leaked document emerges
Ianis Hagi may remain at Rangers until the Scottish season as dramatic new Fifa plans emerge, Football Insider has learned.
World football’s governing body have recommended a set of emergency measures that would include a restriction on player movement until leagues are completed as they try to deal with the unprecedented ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.
The leaked Fifa document, details of which have been relayed to Football Insider, cites Covid-19 as a ‘force majeure’ — an unforeseen situation that prevents contracts from being fulfilled.
The knock-on effect is that out of contract players could be set to stay with their clubs beyond the expiry of their initial deals.
This would have major ramifications at Ibrox, where Jon Flanagan, Andy Halliday, Jason Holt and Wes Foderingham were in line to be free agents from 1 July.
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Under the heading ‘Expiring agreements (contracts) and new agreements’, Fifa states that while contracts normally run to the year ending June 30, those dates are set in tandem with the timings of a football season.
The document also recommends allowing transfer windows to be changed in accordance with new season dates and urges clubs and players to work together to find solutions to salary payments during stoppages.
The plans were discussed by Fifa yesterday and could be decided by the Fifa council in the coming weeks.
Hagi, 21, joined the Light Blues on deadline day in January on a loan-to-buy deal.
Rangers have not been totally convinced about activating what they have hailed as an “exclusive” option to sign him permanently from Genk when his loan expires, which was originally in June.
All plans could be turned on their heads amid the extraordinary developments behind the scenes.
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