Milan to Rekindle Negotations with Linchpin on Expiring Contract

Milan are scheduled to meet Hakan Calhanoglu’s agent tomorrow before the Genoa game to try to reach an agreement on an extension, as the contract of the Turkish playmaker will expire in June of 2021. His manager Gordon Stipic has flown to Italy and will convene with top executives Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara at Casa Milan, Gazzetta dello Sport’s transfer market expert Carlo Laudisa reports.

The two sides have been unable to come to terms so far as the club proposed €3.5M wages, while the players has asked for north of €5M, a significant gap that makes the negotiation difficult. The timing is crucial as Calhanoglu can sign a pre-contract with a new team in January and leave for free next summer.

The article adds that the 26-year-old midfielder has given priority for Milan, but there have not been many contacts in the last few weeks. Manchester United have made an approach, while the agent denied the rumoured links with Inter and Juventus.

Our view

Calhanoglu has not been as effective as last season so far, but his performances have improved recently and he plays a very meaningful role. While there is still a difference between the offer and the request, his demands seem to have gone down, so maybe the two sides will be able to strike a deal this time. Otherwise, the Rossoneri should consider cashing in on him in January and begin hunting for a replacement rather than losing him for nothing.