Crunch talks today as Man Utd set to learn future of creative winger

Date published: Wednesday 16th December 2020 10:29 - Samuel Bannister

Hakan Calhanoglu, Frank Kessie

Manchester United could find out imminently whether they have any chance of signing Hakan Calhanoglu from AC Milan.

Calhanoglu has emerged as a major target for United in recent months. His contract with Milan is in its final year, making him an attractive proposition as a free agent.

United have been wanting to strengthen their options out wide, having pursued Jadon Sancho without success for the whole summer. Although he usually operates more centrally, Calhanoglu is capable of playing in a similar role and has delivered a number of goals and assists in his time in Italy.

Hence, the Turkish international could be an option for United. Indeed, reports earlier this month suggested they had held several talks with his representatives.

There are several areas United may need to strengthen, but their dependence on Bruno Fernandes to create things is becoming an issue. Therefore, they could bring in Calhanoglu to complement him.

Monday’s papers revealed that United could sign Calhanoglu for a discounted £20m fee in January, as more details of his demands became clear.

 

However, any hopes of a bargain deal may swiftly come to an end. According to multiple reports, Wednesday will be a decisive day for Calhanoglu’s future.

A meeting is due to take place between Milan and Calhanoglu’s camp. The Serie A side want to keep the midfielder and are ready to offer him a new contract.

There is growing confidence in Italy that he will commit his future to Milan, with Tuttosport now claiming the two parties are close to an agreement.

Calhanoglu had been holding out for a wage increase to €6m-per-season. However, Calciomercato claim he could accept a salary of €4.5m – which would still be an increase of €1m-per-year.

The 26-year-old still wants to stay at Milan, so could come to a compromise. Things will become clearer in the afternoon, after his meeting with Milan chiefs Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara.

Another deal off the table for Utd

Calhanoglu is not the only attacking midfield target who seems to be slipping away from United’s grasp.

They had also been considering Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman as a reinforcement who could arrive on loan.

Coman has plenty of experience but still has age on his side, so would make for an exciting signing at Old Trafford.

However, their hopes of luring him to Manchester have also plummeted.

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