AC Milan are likely to lose playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu on a free transfer if they do not at least move towards his requests, because if they don’t there are teams that will.
According to the latest from Calciomercato.com, the requests of Calhanoglu and his agent Gordon Stipic to renew his contract – which is due to expire in June 2021 – is not the €7m net being reported by some places but more around the €6m figure.
That is still a big pay rise from the current €2.5m that the Turkey international earns, but he has shown was he can do post-lockdown, forming a formidable partnership with the other players in the front four and finding his best form.
If someone were to decide to give Calhanoglu the salary he asks for – and it seems Juventus and Atletico Madrid are – they would sign him for free since his contract is set to expire.
Calciomercato estimate the cost of replacing Calhanoglu with a player of similar stature at €35-40m, to which a respectable salary should obviously be added (€2.5m over five years), so it would be a commitment of around €50m.
Juve and Atletico ‘have sniffed the deal’ the report continues, but Milan do not believe that he is worth the €3.5m per year pay rise that he is asking for, leaving them with a dilemma.