There are suggestions that Manchester United are being used to influence AC Milan’s decision to agree to Turkish midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu preferred contract renewal terms.
Çalhanoğlu, 26, joined AC Milan in 2017 after he made the switch from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in a transfer worth £20.97m, as per Transfermarkt.
Since his arrival in Italy, the Turkish playmaker has featured in a total of 143 matches and has been directly involved in 67 goals in all competitions.
Despite a largely successful three-years at the San Siro, there have been recent suggestions that the 26-year-old attacking midfielder could be set for a shock departure once his current deal expires next summer.
One of the potential suitors relentlessly linked with landing Çalhanoğlu is United, with speculation intensified after journalist Christian Falk bizarrely claimed the AC Milan man had a ‘90% chance’ of arriving at Old Trafford, as per Sempre Milan.
However, the latest in the ongoing saga suggests Falk’s recent claims are somewhat over ambitious after Calciomercato reported that Çalhanoğlu and his representatives are working hard to agree a new deal with his current club.
The Italian outlet’s report goes on to state that the 26-year-old’s entourage is expected to meet with AC Milan officials within the next 15 – 20 days.
It is believed that the chances of AC Milan’s talented playmaker signing a new deal now are much better than they were previously.
Calciomercato also claim that close friends of Çalhanoğlu have revealed that the midfielder wishes to remain at his current club which would suggest United’s name is being brandish around purely for the player’s own gain.
Didn’t even want him anyway.