La Liga giants enter race for contract rebel Hakan Calhanoglu
Hakan Calhanoglu's refusal to sign a new contract with AC Milan has led to the plenty of speculation surrounding him, and now La Liga side Atletico Madrid have become the latest club to be linked with him.
Atletico are reportedly set to make a move for the Turkish international, who featured in the 3-0 defeat against Italy last Friday, impressing during the Serie A season as he helped Milan qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
While Calhanoglu managed a commendable four goals and 10 assists in 33 Serie A games last season, he has refused to sign a new contract with Milan, despite them offering him a new contract.
According to a report from Marca (via FootballEspana), Atletico Madrid have entered the race to sign the 27-year-old, who will be available on a free transfer ahead of the 2021/22 season.
He has reportedly received an offer from Qatar-based clubs, and he has also revealed that he is open to moving to Galatasaray, wile also attracting the interest of several Premier League clubs.
When speaking about his future with TV1000 in Turkey and being asked about possibly moving to Turkey to play for Galatasaray, he responded by saying "I'm open to everything, nothing is impossible," adding "If I get a good offer, why not?"
His extortionate wage demands have put Milan off of offering him a substantially high wage amount, and he is determined to leave the club in order to get a wage that he prefers.
Calhanoglu arrived at Milan from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 for €23 million, and it would be very disappointing for the Rossoneri if they were to let him leave on a free, with him having a market value of around €35 million (via transfermarkt.com).