Man United held negotiations with 26-year-old Serie A playmaker

Man United have reportedly opened discussions to land AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu. The PL giants have spent big on Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek in the last two transfer windows but are determined to further strengthen in midfield next summer and have identified Turkey international as one of their top targets.

Calhanoglu has scored 27 goals in 137 games for Milan since joining from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2017 and the playmaker, a renowned free-kick specialist, is a fan favourite with the San Siro faithful. However, Hakan’s current deal expires in just eight months’ time and the attacker will be available on a free transfer ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Red Devils have been locked in talks with Calhanoglu’s camp since the summer and the Turkish playmaker rejected an offer from Juventus due to Man United’s interest.

Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are both out of contract in 2021 and Hakan is being viewed as a possible replacement, with the Norwegian boss keen to plan for the long-term at Man United. Hakan would be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with Red Devils in winter if he does decide that his fourth year will be his last in Milan.

Gordon Stipic, Hakan’s agent, held talks with Milan’s management over a possible renewal back in June but these discussions broke down and the attacking midfielder is expected to leave at the end of the campaign. Bianconeri have long been admirers of Hakan and could revive their interest again next summer.