Manchester United are looking to improve their attacking department and a Turkish international is in the lime light.
According to La Gazzetta Dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Hakan Calhanoglu’s current contract with AC Milan will expire in the summer of 2021 and if the Rossoneri fail to agree a new deal, then clubs like Man United could move in to agree a pre-contract with him in January.
The renowned Italian outlet have claimed that at the moment, the 26-year-old attacking midfielder is earning a salary of 2.5 million euros annually i.e. around £2.3million-a-year.
The 7-time European champions have offered him a contract extension that will make him earn 3 million euros per season. However, this is a very low raise for a player in form and therefore, GdS claim that Calhanoglu’s reps are not satisfied at all.
It is further mentioned that Man United are ready to move and are prepared to agree lucrative terms on a five year contract to secure the signing of the former Bayer Leverkusen star.
The 50-capped international is one of the best dead ball specialists in the world and can score goals from distance. In the current campaign, he has so far featured in 8 games for the Italian giants and directly contributed (Transfermarkt) in as many goals (4 goals and 4 assists).
Should Man United move to sign him? I do not think so. At Milan, Hakan Calhanoglu plays in the central attacking midfield role behind superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and over the years, the Turkish star has mainly played in the No.10 role.
At Old Trafford, that position is occupied by a top quality CAM in the form of Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese international has been in world class form since moving to Man Utd in January this year and he is irreplaceable.
Moreover, in the summer transfer window, Solskjaer opted to sign another attacking midfielder in the form of Donny van de Beek, who has mainly warmed the bench thus far this term. So, the Red Devils really do not need another player who can play in the hole behind the main center forward.
Instead, the Norwegian manager should press to sign a proven player for the right wing, an area that they wanted to reinforce but failed to do so in the summer transfer window.