Di Marzio: Giampaolo wants to keep Calhanoglu; striker role for Suso?

By Oliver Fisher -

Hakan Calhanoglu looks set to stay at AC Milan next season as incoming boss Marco Giampaolo reportedly wishes to keep him.

Calhanoglu racked up four goals and 13 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions during 2018-19 for the Rossoneri, but doubts over his future at the club have remained.

Reports have suggested the Turkey international could move back to the Bundesliga, where he arrived from back in 2017, while there has also been rumours of Premier League interest.

However, respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has seemingly poured cold water on those rumours by stating that Giampaolo – who is expected to be named as the new Milan boss this week – has the former Leverkusen man in his plans.

During Monday night’s Calcio Mercato L’Originale program on Sky, Di Mario said: “Calhanoglu is a player that fits with Giampaolo.”

He then offered an update on Suso, implying his future at San Siro is much more uncertain amid links with Atletico Madrid.

“Suso is a proper winger and we know Giampaolo has always used the 4-3-1-2. Either he reinvents him as a second striker or he will be on the market.”

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  1. Unless someone pays the release clause, they shouldn’t trade Suso. It would be interesting to see him try and play up front. He’d have to toughen up a little, because no one’s gonna give a striker a free kick every time he throws himself to the ground at the slightest brush-up, but he should do okay. He’s very good on the ball in traffic and he can shoot from a distance, so he would act as a magnet for defenders and hopefully find Piatek often enough to make it worth having a striker who doesn’t score a lot.

  2. This is the dumbest idea I’ve ever seen! If Ronaldo can’t play forward as well as he plays the wing, how can suso who’s slower, not as quick or skillful, only has a left foot, and can’t score on a regular basis going to be successful! Playing ppl out of position when we have players that can play there is dumb. Hakan and suso are not wingers and certainly can’t play forward!

  3. Haman as an attacking midfielder is perfect. He needs to be more decisive too, bolder and tougher, but a great choice still

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