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Inter Milan working to secure midfielder’s long-term future after fending off interest from three Premier League clubs

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Hakan Calhanoglu, Inter Milan, November 2021

Inter Milan are hopeful of securing Hakan Calhanoglu’s long-term future following approaches from three Premier League clubs, including Everton. 

The Turkey international arrived at Inter from rivals AC Milan following a free transfer in the summer of 2021.

The 28-year-old went on to make 46 appearances across all competitions last season. He also chipped in with eight goals.

Calhanoglu has enjoyed a good start to the new campaign and has only missed one game through injury.

Last Tuesday night, he also came up with the winning goal as Inter picked up a 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

Speaking after the match, Calhanoglu dedicated the victory to under-pressure head coach Simone Inzaghi. He told Sky Sports Italia: “Of course, we’re all with the coach.

“He always needs our help. I think he was happy because he saw a team out there fighting for him.”

That result not only ended Inter’s two-match losing run, but it also boosted the club’s hopes of progressing in the competition.

Before linking-up with Inter, Calhanoglu enjoyed four successful seasons at AC Milan. The attacking midfielder made 172 appearances for the club and scored 32 goals.

Between 2014 and 2017, the player also spent time at Bayer Leverkusen where he bagged 28 goals in 115 outings.

Inter Milan determined to fend off Premier League offers

Inter are understood to have stepped up their efforts in trying to tie down Calhanoglu.

According to a report from Calciomercato, those efforts have stemmed from a number of Premier League approaches.

Everton, Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest are the three English clubs in question. The trio are said to have enquired about the player during the summer transfer window.

Nevertheless, Calhanoglu in understood to be enjoying life in Milan and is not considering a move at this moment.

The midfielder’s contract expires in 2024, though with the club able to offer Champions League football, renewal talks are set to progress.

The report also states that both parties are keen to reach an agreement before the start of November’s FIFA World Cup.

Inter have endured a poor start to the campaign and currently sit ninth in the Serie A standings. The team have picked up four wins and suffered four defeats from their opening eight games.

However, with the team doing well in Europe, many fans are hopeful their continental form will translate into domestic wins.

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