MN: Milan stance justified in Calhanoglu talks but can’t repeat mistake with Kessie

By Isak Möller -

In recent weeks, there have been many reports about the future of Hakan Calhanoglu, whose contract will expire in the summer. If Gigio Donnarumma looks set to stay at Milan, the same can’t be said for the Turk. 

As highlighted by, the Rossoneri are willing to adjust the salary of Calhanoglu, but they won’t go crazy in the negotiations. In fact, the distance between the offer and demand seems significant, perhaps too much.

Negotiating with a player just a few months before the deadline is always risky. The No.10 was the protagonist of two super months in the summer, confirming himself also in September and then, also for physical reasons, falling in October.

Milan, rightly so, can think exclusively about the displays in June/July, when the midfielder was indeed a world-class player. If the former Bayer Leverkusen man had always played in that way, he would have deserved ‘big figures’.

After all, we have to weigh the overall performance and that is from 2017. At Casa Milan, there is hope that the gap can be reduced, but if this doesn’t happen in the end, then the management will have to look elsewhere.

A player who has maintained constant (and high) performances throughout the post-lockdown period is Franck Kessie, often underestimated even in past seasons ever since his arrival from Atalanta.

Milan, also blocked by the Ralf Rangnick case, made a serious mistake with Calhanoglu, an error that they can’t afford to repeat with the Ivorian, whose contract will expire in 2022. They need to think now, and not tomorrow, about his renewal.

The Rossoneri have already started contacts with the entourage of No.79, hoping that there can be a decisive acceleration to lock the midfielder down for many more years.

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