Manchester United will get a deal done for AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, according to Bundesliga expert Christian Falk.
Calhanoglu’s future has been under the microscope amid the Turkey international’s contractual situation.
The 26-year-old has entered the final year of his deal and he has held talks with Milan about an extension. However, those discussions remain at an initial stage and Calhanoglu’s salary remains the sticking point.
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 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.
Speaking to the Stretford Paddock Podcast, Falk said: “It’s true and I think this will happen because last summer there will already talks with his agent. I don’t know if you know but Juventus would have also have liked him last summer but he said ‘no’.
“He said no because he already knew what would happen this summer with United. Talks are already very, very far at the moment and he’ll be a free agent, so this transfer is very, very likely.
“He can be a good player if everything around him is working, then he can help United. He’s not the kind of player that if something went wrong he’d say ‘now we have to fight’.
Snapped in Turin
“He’s a technical player, perhaps it is Pogba to show him the way. Then I feel like he could do it at United.”
Football Italia claimed rumours of a possible move to Juventus were destined to intensify after Calhanoglu shared a picture on Instagram, which Merih Demiral posted of the pair in Turin.
The picture was posted earlier in the week, which fuelled suggestions Calhanoglu was heading to Turin.
The Turkey star has hit four goals and four assists in the current Serie A campaign.