Manchester United are front-runners to sign Hakan Calhanoglu next summer, with the midfielder reportedly ’90 per cent’ likely to be wearing red for 2021-22.
AC Milan have only seven months to strike a new deal with the 26-year-old, who signed from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017.
Calhanoglu has long been liked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who look set for their best chance yet – with the midfielder free to discuss terms to leave the San Siro from January.
Manchester United are reportedly closing-in on a deal for AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu
The star has seven months left on his deal at the San Siro and can speak to clubs in January
Calhanoglu would add to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stacked midfield options at Old Trafford
United first begun talks for a 2021 move in the summer, according to Bild, when Juventus had a bid turned down deep into the window.
Calhanoglu’s salary is the next step in the deal, with United closing in fast on the man who has also been linked to Atletico Madrid and a San Siro switch to Inter Milan.
The creative midfielder, famed for his sensational ability from free-kicks, has started all eight of Milan’s Serie A matches this season, helping Stefano Pioli’s side two points clear at the top, remaining unbeaten so far.
Calhanoglu is famed for his talent from set-pieces, and has been a key part of Milan’s squad
Calhanoglu would provide even more depth to Manchester United’s impressive midfield, with Bruno Fernandes already one of Solskjaer’s first names on the team-sheet.
Both Paul Pogba and summer signing Donny van der Beek are struggling to impose themselves on Solskjaer’s starting line-up, and the arrival the Turkish star could work-out as a replacement for the Frenchman should his struggling continue this season.