As reported by The Athletic, the agent of AC Milan‘s Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu contacted Manchester United head of negotiations Matt Judge through a phone call earlier this week.
The talks broke down as Manchester United chiefs made it clear that they are “happy” with their current creative options. Calhanoglu was heavily linked to United in the past few weeks after the Turk rejected a contract renewal offered to him by Milan.
Hakan Calhanoglu not needed by Manchester United
Manchester United chiefs are of the belief that Hakan Calhanoglu is not needed at the club as the Red Devils boast of a loaded midfield. Despite a terrible start in the Premier League this season, the midfield is one area Solsjkaer would not be losing his sleep over.
Manchester United added the likes of Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes in last two transfer windows to an already impressive midfield lineup, United would prioritize other areas (especially in defence) before they go out and spend lavishly on another attacking option.
Calhanoglu told to look elsewhere despite boasting terrific stats
The 26-year-old playmaker has started this season in sensational fashion. His tally of 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 matches has inspired AC Milan to the top of the Serie A table. Calhanoglu has become an indispensable part of Rossoneri’s squad which may have influenced his decision of asking for a substantial wage increase in the new contract.
It is also being whispered that Calhanoglu’s phone call to Manchester United was nothing but a scare tactic to make the Italian side cough up a higher wage sum in any new contract renewal offer they make.
As for now, Calhanoglu’s contract runs out in the summer of 2021 which leaves him open to offers from other clubs in January as a free agent. The Turk is now expected to have talks with the Milan board again, and if the Serie A side increases his wages from the current £78,000-per-week to the Turk’s liking, he could very well find himself in Milan for the next few years.
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