Date published: Sunday 8th November 2020 1:40
Manchester United are reportedly facing surprise competition for AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu next summer.
The 26-year-old joined Milan from Bayer Leverkusen for £21m in 2017 and has made a big impression.
Since his arrival Calhanoglu has been directly involved in 67 goals in 139 games in all competitions.
That has led to talk of a move in 2021, with the attacking midfielder out of contract at the end of the season.
For their part, Milan are keen on giving the player a new contract. Their technical director Paolo Maldini confirmed recently that the Serie A giants were in talks with Calhanoglu and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma over extensions.
But if the Turkey international opts for a new challenge then he can talk to foreign clubs in January and sign a pre-contract.
However, according to La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), Calhanoglu could make a shock switch to Milan’s city rivals Inter.
The report claims that the Milan star is keen on joining both clubs. However, it’s expected that more big teams will join the chase for his signature in the coming months.
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United are looking at Calhanoglu as a long-term replacement for Paul Pogba, whose future is increasingly in doubt.
The France star has reportedly been left disappointed by the timing of United’s decision to trigger the 12-month option they had on his contract.
Neville amused by Solskjaer rant
Former Manchester United star Phil Neville admitted that he had a good chuckle at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s furious rant after the match against Everton on Saturday.
The Red Devils claimed an important victory at Goodison Park after two defeats in a row. But the United boss was left fuming that their match was so early after their Champions League clash in Turkey.
The 3-1 victory helped ease some pressure on the Norwegian, who has been tipped for the sack at Old Trafford.
Losses to Arsenal and then Istanbul Basaksehir saw former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino once again linked with the job.
United went behind in the game but hit back with two Bruno Fernandes strikes and an Edinson Cavani goal.
Solskjaer was expected to show some relief at a good result but instead focused on the fixture schedulers in a huge rant.
Neville was was left shocked by what he saw, insisting he had never seen his former teammate that riled up.
Agreement over shocking scheduling
Steve Bower, in the studio with him at Premier League Productions, asked Neville what he was laughing at.
Neville replied: “Well, it was quite funny wasn’t it? I mean he was angry wasn’t he, him.
“No [I’ve not seen Solskjaer like that] but I can understand what he’s thinking, it is a disgrace.
“I know we’re working for the Premier League today but it is a disgrace that they go to Turkey on Wednesday night and then have to play at 12.30 on a Saturday morning.
“Physically for a player that’s not elite programming, that’s not elite scheduling. That is treating players like a piece of meat.
“That’s not looking out for the best of the player.”