AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu could be set for an increasingly key role if Ralf Rangnick arrives at the club this summer, a report claims.
Despite the fact that he is a divisive figure among the Rossoneri fanbase, Calhanoglu has virtually always held a starting spot this season under Stefano Pioli, regardless of the system used.
As Tuttosport notes on Monday (via MilanLive), the Turkey international has long been admired by Rangnick, who tried to sign him for RB Leipzig in the winter transfer window of the 2018-19 season.
There were serious talks between the parties, the transfer seemed on the cards but Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso was adamant that he didn’t want to lose the midfielder.
At the time, Rangnick himself revealed: “We know the player for having seen him in the Bundesliga. We are interested in him, but today he is playing continuously at Milan and financially it is not a feasible operation.”
The Diavolo at that point were asking for €25million, a figure that Leipzig were not willing to invest, but a year and a half later Rangnick may be able to embrace that old object of desire.