AC Milan talks scheduled, as Man Utd lose grip on top target

Matthew Briggs
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AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu’s chances of signing a new deal with the Serie A club have increased, claims a report.

The Turkey midfielder has a contract which ends in the summer and he has been heavily linked to Manchester United.

Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Calhanoglu’s agent is talking with several clubs ahead of a potential pre-contract agreement in January.

Bild journalist Christian Falk recently claimed that the Red Devils have been interested in Calhanoglu for some time. He also claimed the player turned down advances from Juventus, knowing that United were keen on him.

And now he says talks are at an “advanced stage” and believes a deal will be struck next summer.

However, things do not appear so straight forward, according to Calciomercato.

The Italian outlet claim there has been a softening of the stance coming from the Calhanoglu camp. They could reduce their demands for the 26-year-old’s contract by as much as €6m, per the source.



Milan offered him a proposal worth €3m per season to stay in Serie A – a raise of €500,000 on his current salary.

The Rossoneri may stretch their offer to around €3.5-4m, which may well be enough to secure the player. The outlet claim more will be known in the next three weeks with Calhanoglu’s entourage set to meet with director of football Frederic Massara and technical director Paolo Maldini.

The percentages of an agreement are said to have been raised, but next month’s make-or-break meeting will determine whether United can get their hands on the player.

Scholes claims Solskjaer style hinders Man Utd

Paul Scholes, meanwhile, says Solskjaer is not helping United’s transfer policy with the uncertainty over his style of play.

United have faced criticism since Sir Alex Ferguson left the dugout for their transfer dealings. Indeed, the Red Devils have met claims of panic-buying of late.

Many put Edinson Cavani’s deadline-day arrival into that bracket. The Uruguayan signed in October, despite becoming a free agent at the end of June.

However, Scholes says that Solskjaer himself should take his share of the blame. The former United midfielder told BT Sport that the manager would make life easier for his superiors if he had a definitive style of play.

“The big trouble United have at the minute I think is they haven’t really got a way of playing,” Scholes said (via the Daily Star).

“They change from week to week so how can they find a player? Say they play 4-3-3 every week, they can find the type of player. I can find two wide players.

“That’s the big difference with Sir Alex. He knew exactly the way he was going to play so he could buy the right types of players.

“It’s virtually impossible for a chief scout or director of football because you have no idea what sort of player you want.”

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