CM: Letting Calhanoglu go would be a gamble for Milan – why he’s important for Pioli

By Isak Möller -

Hakan Calhanoglu is yet to renew his contract with Milan and it seems he could depart in the summer, with Juventus interested in his services. There isn’t much the Rossoneri can do, although parting ways would be a gamble. 

As highlighted by Calciomercato.com, in addition to the four goals and nine assists, his contribution to this excellent Milan side lies in the key passes. He makes more than three per game on average, while the other stats are flattering too.

Losing Calhanoglu would thus mean the Rossoneri need to find a replacement that can do a similar job in the No.10 role. Stefano Pioli’s tactics have been perfect for the former Bayer Leverkusen man and the manager likes him a lot.

Therefore, parting ways would not only be a challenge in terms of finding a replacement, but also a gamble. The mechanisms of the team could be disrupted but perhaps it’s a risk that Paolo Maldini and Ivan Gazidis are willing to take.

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4 Comments

  1. Men3m Loz says:

    He is an important player but he must respect Milan and their fans if he wants more money he can go we don’t care.

    1. CrazyOoooO says:

      nice

  2. Pato says:

    Poili is a mess.

  3. Juro says:

    I agree that Hakan is not worth 5M plus a season – he is too inconsistent. However to let him leave for free would also be a mistake as it was a mistake to let his contract wind down without agreeing to an extension last season (same situation as Donnaruma). Bad situation. If he leaves we need to find an alternative? De Paul is expensive and is also inconsistent and remains to be seen if he can handle the pressure of a big club. Szobozlai would have been perfect if only we could have bought him last season…I don’t see us spending 40M on an ACM when we MUST spend 50M on a striker at the very least (Vlahovic pls!). Also have to pay for Tomori (28M) and Tonali (25M). Those two plus a striker and that’s already 100M spent…I don’t believe Elliot will suddenly become Chelsea and give Maldini and 200-300M transfer budget. Player sales won’t generate much revenue at all save for a Romagnoli who in the last year of his deal may fetch us 25M? But then you have to spend to replace him (Lovato?). Sammu, Conti, Laxalt, Caldara, Krunic, etc…aren’t worth much. So I think we have to be realistic in thinking we can easily replace Hakan. Hope Hakan signs for 4m – that would be beneficial and fair for everyone, but we shall see. What should never happen again is letting our star players wind down their current deals without extensions or selling them prior to the expiration of their contracts. We need those transfer fees to buy replacement players as Elliott isn’t going to turn into Abramovich all of a sudden…

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