Mirabelli reveals why he ‘started laughing’ when he heard of Calhanoglu’s move to Inter

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan director Massimiliano Mirabelli has revealed that he could not stop himself from laughing when he heard Inter are signing Hakan Calhanoglu.

A number of sources, including Sky, are reporting that Calhanoglu is set to join city rivals Inter on a free transfer. The Turkey international will undergo a medical today before putting pen to paper on a three-year deal worth €5m net per season plus bonuses, which is a better offer than what the Rossoneri were willing to table.

The 27-year-old has regularly been linked with teams such as Juventus and Atletico Madrid, but it seems that he is now set to make his way across the Navigli. Calhanoglu scored 4 goals and added 10 assists for Milan this season but was largely inconsistent, just as he has been for the entirety of his four-year spell.

Mirabelli, the former Milan sporting director, gave an interview to Tuttosport and was asked about Calhanoglu, who is set to leave the Rossoneri and cross the city divide.

“I started laughing. I’ll explain to you: the Nerazzurri know the player very well. When I worked for the Nerazzurri, we were already following him, he was on our radar,” he said (via PianetaMilan).

On why it did not go through before, ehe added: “There was the situation of Financial Fair Play. It was not easy to operate on the market, with so many stakes to take into account.

“I’m sorry that Milan lose a great player and above all that he will go for free. The Rossoneri club will not collect anything. But I’m happy that he ends up in the Nerazzurri: he is a really important player.

“He is a real player. Maybe he gives his best as an attacking midfielder. But in Germany he covered various midfield roles. He is a footballer with not indifferent ballistic prowess, who assists his teammates, but above all he runs a lot to be useful in both phases, defensive and offensive. And it’s not easy to have his clarity in the last step.

“For the Nerazzurri it is a great deal. Inter will have fun with Calhanoglu. While Milan will regret it. The real problem is the strategy adopted by the Devil. When I was at Milan, I had to solve many problems related to contract renewals, including that of Gigio Donnarumma. The Rossoneri, with Gigio and Calhanoglu gone to zero, lose 150 million euros in assets. If everyone is happy, that’s fine.

“Inter will be happier to take the Turkish player. Anyway, I don’t remember such important treaties in June. They are business to be closed much earlier. The more time passes, the more problems increase. The next problem I think could be Franck Kessié.”

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  1. Man nobody cares. about his opinion. Fcked us. up or. else we’d have atleast won 1 scudetto and 1 coppa Italia.

    he’s a real play who shows his worth 5 games in a 30 game szn, Merdabelli complains because it was his player. his signing. Regret it. ffs he doesn’t even watch us anymore. Shit Director.

  2. dont forgt that the likes of Depay, Wijnaldun also went for free, its not a big deal if Milan losses big players like Dollaruma and dis Fool Hakan

  3. This is the only good player he signed, others were complete crap, wasted so much of club money and he is talking. 😀

    Kalinić – I think it was around 25M, Musacchio 18M, Conti 24M and Pessina, Biglia 17M and more. I think you can find people on the street to get better transfers in…

  4. Idiot. We are still living the consequences of his disastrous spell at the club and he has the nerves to criticize. Not only he spend crazy amounts for poor quality (apart from Kessie and A.Silva the rest was below average) but he costed us a UEFA punishment plus years of FFP problems.
    It’s insane that he comes after Maldini who managed already to clean his mess AND qualify in CL – and that with virtually no spending. Incredible.
    No surprise that he is still unemployed.

  5. Hahaha, I’m still laughing at that move. Inter was always known of collecting dirty & retarded players. So happy that these 2 finally found eachother 😂

  6. Mirabelli or should I say the devil who spent 250Million to build an average squad.

    They sunk Milan and he still have the guts to speak???

  7. So who cares about him, and we are watching to see if he can get the chance he has in milan, because he is nobody and we still gave him such an opportunity, we shall see then how good he is.

  8. Massimiliano Mirabelli, He was the reason for Chinese owners to fail and the club to be in mess After Spending so much amount money to sign mediocre players and made mess.. now whenever the opportunity comes he jumps into criticizes the club and current management because he has bitterness that he was removed. It took years to clean the mess he made. During his time he failed ..now he is pointing fingers at others..at least now Milan is not spending crazily ….. there are many talented players who are 100% better than Hakan who are leaving for free from their clubs. Its part of the football world.. at least we have directors who love the club and who are also aware of the financial condition..

  9. I agree with with him. Milan will regret it. First for losing an important player and second for free. Really stupid. They could have given him a contract and afterwards sell him right away. I don’t understand this. We will be back to zero again and try to build a new squad.

    1. I hear this argument a lot but think a bit for a sec. Hakan couldn’t find a club being free agent, he was really lucky with the Eriksen situation. Who do you think would buy him next year AND give him a better salary? There would be clubs to spend some (not a lot though..) money but certainly not pay his demands. So he would be sitting on his contract.

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