Atletico Madrid Propose Contract to Milan Playmaker in Possible Intrigue

Hakan Calhanoglu has received an offer from Atletico Madrid, although it is not richer than the one previously placed by Milan. The Turkish midfielder, who will be out of contract in two weeks, is open to listening to new bids but is considering re-upping with the Rossoneri, Sky Sport reports.

The Colchoneros proposed €3M annual wages plus a €3M signing bonus. Instead, he would get €4M per year if he re-signed with Milan, which have not improved their initial offer. He has turned down a more lucrative deal from Al-Duhail, as he prefers to stay in Europe. He is also on Barcelona’s radar.

Calhanoglu weighed in on his future before the match versus Italy: “I spoke with director Paolo Maldini three days ago, he phoned me. We talked about Milan, but I told him that I wanted to focus on the Euro. They have the responsibility to make the first step. I have great respect and will always answer their calls.”

Atletico Madrid see Calhanoglu as a possible alternative to Rodrigo De Paul, who is their primary target for the role. They are rumored to have offered €20M and defender Nehuen Perez, but Udinese intend to cash in on their star with no swaps. Milan also hold the Argentinian international in high regard and would push to sign him if they lost their current starter.

De Paul clearly hinted at a departure in a recent interview with the Guardian: “I was very sincere, very clear with whom I had to be. I said what I thought, what I want. I’m 27 now. I am not going to speak anywhere else because I respect everyone at Udinese, especially the fans who really love me.”