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Paolo Maldini speaks out on the future of Manchester United transfer target Hakan Calhanoglou

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AC Milan's Hakan Calhanoglu has been linked with a move to Manchester United
AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu has been linked with a move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini insists the Serie A giants are in no rush to resolve the future of Manchester United transfer target Hakan Calhanoglou.

The Turkey international has made over 100 appearances for the Italian club since his move from Bayer Leverkusen three years ago and has played a key role in the impressive start Stefano Pioli’s side have made to the new season.

Calhanoglou has just over six months remaining on his current contract and is free to secure a pre-contract agreement with another European club from next month and he has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

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Milan are also hoping to tie goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to a new deal, but club legend Maldini insists Milan won’t be pressured into finalising terms for either player.

‘There’s no rush, there are appointments for meetings,’ he said following last night’s comeback win over Celtic in the Europa League.

AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini is the club's current technical director
AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini is the club’s current technical director (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a continual process, none of the negotiations were ever really interrupted, it’s about finding the right moment to close a deal.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has three attacking midfielders to choose from with summer signing Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes all vying for a spot in the Norwegian’s starting XI.

Fernandes has established himself as United’s most important player since his January move from Sporting Lisbon, while Van de Beek is beginning to stake his claim for inclusion on a more regular basis.

Pogba, meanwhile, has endured a difficult start to the new season with injury and illness affecting his form. The France international’s long-term future remains a matter of conjecture and spoke of his desire to play in Spain during the recent international break.

Solskjaer, however, is anticipating a quiet transfer window given the way in which the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact on the finances of all football clubs.

‘It’s hard to predict the financial situation of other teams,’ he said last week. ‘I don’t predict a lot of ins and outs, the football world has changed. It depends on injury situations.

‘I am very happy with my squad, we are getting stronger. I feel I am in a good position.’

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