AC Milan have reportedly reached an agreement to keep Hakan Calhanoglu at the club, ending Manchester United’s hopes of luring him to Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old penned a four-year deal with the Rossoneri in July 2017 after moving to the San Siro from Bayer Leverkusen. The Italians paid in the region of €20m for the Turkey international and have certainly got their money’s worth. The attacking midfielder has made 165 appearances in all competitions, scoring 30 goals.
He has enjoyed 34 Serie A starts in each of the past two campaigns and has 23 to his name in 2020-2021. With 55 Turkey caps, he is clearly a vastly experienced player and one that has been linked with many clubs.
It appeared as though he was happy to run down his contract. United have been linked for many months and there were even rumours of an agreement to sign him this summer.
But Todofichajes are reporting that he has now agreed to sign fresh terms with Milan. There appear to have been two sticking points throughout negotiations for a renewal.
United were said to have offered him a substantial contract to join them as a free agent in the off-season. That clearly turned his head and it was felt that the former Hamburg star would move to the Theatre of Dreams.
But the report states he will earn €4.5m per season at Milan and will sign up for another three years. Other clubs were also said to hold an interest.
Chelsea and Real Madrid’s name has been mentioned in connection with the player. But it seems as though they will all be disappointed.
Milan meet Calhanoglu expectations
Calhanoglu was also thought to be keen to play for a team in the Champions League. The Red Devils could have offered him that but it seems as though Milan will finish in the top four this term.
Il Diavolo are currently second in the Serie A standings and six points clear of fifth-placed Napoli. The club’s league position is said to have ‘weighed on his renewal’.
It seems likely that they will qualify for Europe’s elite club competition. United will now have to widen their search for a new midfielder while they are also eyeing Edinson Cavani’s replacement.