If there is one player who has truly exploded since the resumption of Serie A post-lockdown, it is Hakan Calhanoglu. However, the time has come to address a delicate issue.
Calhanoglu has been involved in 17 goals (eight goals plus nine assists) in his last 12 games foracross all competitions, and has become one of the first names on Stefano Pioli’s team sheet when he isn’t being rested like in Sunday’s win over Spezia. Even then, he came on and made the difference with an assist to make it 1-0.
According to il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanNews), Milan will now tackle the issue of a renewal on his current deal, which expires in June 2021. The agent of the Turkey international – Gordon Stipic – has already been in contact with directors Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara for some time, and there were further talks on Wednesday morning.
An agreement has not yet been reached, but the club’s intention is to raise his salary to €3m per year net for what would be a three-year extension until 2024.
Time certainly does not play in Milan’s favour, and it is the same situation with Gianluigi Donnarumma as the Milan management look to protect two current pillars.