We are reaching a crucial phase in the negotiations over the renewal of Hakan Calhanoglu given that his contract is now six months from expiry.
As Calciomercato.com reports, Calhanoglu came off the bench on Sunday afternoon for the first time after recovering from Coronvirus and the intensity of the game was instantly raised.
The Turkey international registered two assists in just eight minutes as Milan reclaimed their at the top of the standings two points clear of Inter thanks to a 4-0 thumping of Crotone.
Brahim Diaz, Soualiho Meite and Rafael Leao have tried not to make the Rossoneri feel the absence of the playmaker – who turned 27 today – but he is just too important to the team and that is why the white smoke for his renewal must come soon.
The will to continue is mutual, because Calhanoglu is finally showing what he is capable of and it is thanks to Stefano Pioli and the players around him that he has been able to do so.
Milan have taken steps forward in recent weeks to approach the player’s request for a new salary of €5million net per season with an offer that, including bonuses, reaches €4m. As often happens in these cases, the compromise can be reached halfway and the next scheduled contacts with his agent Gordon Stipic will be indicative.
They will take place by telephone or videoconference, considering the strong anti-travel restrictions imposed by the German government that are physically preventing him from travelling to Milan. Now, after the January window has closed, the decisive push must come to make ends meet.