Manchester United have held ‘several conversations’ about a deal to bring Hakan Calhanoglu to Old Trafford, according to a report.
The AC Milan midfielder could soon become one of the most lucrative free agents in European football. Canhaloglu’s contract runs out next summer but there are no concrete signs as yet of an extension.
Indeed, that is despite Milan reportedly holding initial talks with the Turkey international, who wants a new deal to reflect his vital impact on Stefano Pioli’s team.
Milan are reportedly ready to soften their stance over the finances of an extension. However, there remains a disagreement between club and player which is holding a new contract up.
As such, United are among several teams to have supposedly shown interest in signing the 26-year-old.
But according to Sky Germany (21.09), it is the Red Devils who have already held a number of talks with the player’s camp.
The report does not outline the basis of such discussions but it makes clear that both sides are yet to finalise the ‘financial aspects’ of a deal.
As such, a deal to take Calhanoglu is ‘not yet close’. Either way, the source notes that there are ‘no intensive negotiations’ between Milan and their star midfielder.
Calhanoglu, who signed for Milan from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017, has become a vital figure since Pioli took charge.
Indeed, the Turk has already netted four goals and laid on four others in 14 appearances in all competitions this season.
Overall, he has scored 27 times and set up 40 others in 143 games.
McTominay reflects on Man Utd journey
Meanwhile, United midfielder Scott McTominay has said that he would unlikely be a footballer if he was not at Old Trafford.
The Scotland international has become one of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most trusted players in the middle of the park.
But he has admitted that he never may have made it in the sport at another club.