Man Utd transfer blow as ‘Paul Pogba replacement’ set to snub move | Football | Sport


Manchester United look set to miss out on the signing of AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu with the midfielder ready to sign a new contract at San Siro. United had been linked with a move for the player whose current deal expires next summer. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was thought to be weighing up a potential move for the Turkish star who would have been available on a free at the end of the season. 

United would have been allowed to discuss a pre-contract with the player in January with less than six months remaining on his existing Milan deal. 

However, reports from Italy suggest the player is now more set to put pen to paper on an extension to remain at the club. 

Italian outlet Calciomercato had reported that Calhanoglu was in a contract stand-off with Milan over wage demands.

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The attacker has scored 28 times and registered 41 assists since joining the club from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017. 

This season, Calhanoglu has three Serie A assists so far as the Rossoneri sit top of the table, three points clear of rivals Inter after 11 matches.

The player has also shone in Europe, with four goals as the club had to go through the qualifying rounds for the Europa League. 

Calhanoglu also found the target as Milan beat Celtic 4-2 in the group stage and progressed to the knockout round. 

With United also in the competition after dropping down from the Champions League, they could yet come up against the player in the latter rounds. 

Calhanoglu was potentially earmarked as a replacement for Paul Pogba, but Reds chief Ed Woodward may now have to look elsewhere for reinforcements in the midfield department.

The unsettled star’s future remains in the balance, with his agent Mino Raiola last week declaring that his client needed a ‘change of scenery’.

“There’s no point beating about the bush. It’s better to speak out clearly, look forward and avoid wasting time to find culprits,” he said.

“Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can’t manage to express himself like he wants to and like people expect him to.

“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scenery.

“He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but the best solution for all parties is a transfer in the next window.”

“Otherwise the Old Trafford club, which I have a great relationship with, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that at the moment it’s not the player’s intention to extend the contract.”

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