Although the deal hasn’t been announced yet, it seems Dominik Szoboszlai will stay loyal to the Red Bull brand and join Leipzig in January. For Milan, this makes the renewal of Hakan Calhanoglu all the more relevant.
As highlighted by MilanNews’s Matteo Calcagni, the Rossoneri were only close to the Hungarian midfielder on paper, as it was related to Ralf Rangnick. And considering Stefano Pioli’s work, almost no one would have picked the German coach in hindsight.
Szoboszlai was also considered as the natural heir to Calhanoglu, especially by the fans, as the Turk is yet to renew his deal with Milan. That being said, while he hasn’t repeated the numbers of this summer, Calha is proving to be a very precious element.
If a fair deal could be reached with his agent Gordon Stipic, moving forward together would probably be the wisest choice, as Calcagni continues. It’s unthinkable that Milan will offer €6-7m per season, so the No.10’s will to stay will count a lot.
If he can’t be persuaded, which is a possibility but certainly not the reality, the Rossoneri will have to look elsewhere. In that sense, they can’t forget Brahim Diaz who is already at the club, albeit on loan from Real Madrid.
The plans of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara, though, involve confirming the Real Madrid man regardless of the future of Calhanoglu. Furthermore, there are always opportunities on the market, like Jens Petter Hauge.