Manchester United are reportedly willing to offer a five-year contract to midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu after he snubbed AC Milan’s first offer of an extension.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the Turkey international has reached a ‘bottleneck’ over his future in Italy.
Indeed Calhanoglu has entered the final year of his contract and so far, he is reportedly unlikely to extend his terms.
Milan have offered him a proposal worth €3million (£2.7million) per season to stay in Serie A. However, the 26-year-old currently earns €2.5million (£2.2million) and wants more from his club.
What’s more, he feels that he deserves a more lucrative contract after playing a key role under Stefano Pioli.
Since the Milan head coach took over in October last year, he has only missed three Serie A games, notching eight goals and 11 assists in the top flight.
As such, Gazzetta dello Sport notes that these performances are the most ‘obvious sign’ that he deserves a better upgrade.
However, with the latest derisory offer from Milan, negotiations with his club have hit a stalemate. As such, United have stepped in and are now willing to offer him a contract.
The deal would last five years and while the report does not share specific details, it claims Calhanoglu would earn a ‘rich’ salary.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils are not the only club to have shown interest in the player. ‘Leading international clubs’, including from Spain, are monitoring his situation.
Time is running out
However, with Calhanoglu in the final year of his contract, he is free to speak to a new club in January.
For now, though, negotiations are continuing, with Milan scheduling another meeting with the player and his representatives.
But if the forthcoming discussions do not produce a key breakthrough, the situation could change quickly.
In any case, Calhanoglu’s first priority is to extend his association with Milan. Pioli’s men sit top of Serie A, having already beaten arch-rivals Inter Milan.