AC Milan midfielder and Turkey international Hakan Calhanoglu is reportedly a target for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. After a tough start to the season, it appears that Calhanoglu might be willing to move back to Germany, but Gennaro Gattuso is reportedly blocking his move.
Should Calhanoglu stay or should he go? If he stays, there will be trouble, but if he goes, it might be double.
Reports Hakan Calhanoglu and #ACMilan have agreed terms with #RBLeipzig , but Gennaro Gattuso is blocking the transfer https://t.co/GY7nQiEaNp #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/QVl3tNKcrX— footballitalia (@footballitalia) January 8, 2019
Calhanoglu has had a rather difficult first half of his season, with him only recently looking anywhere close to the form that saw him be one of the better players at the club under Gennaro Gattuso in the second half of last season.
Calhanoglu came to Milan two summers ago from Bayer Leverkusen, so a return to Germany would make sense for him, and it’s been reported that a fee and personal terms have already been agreed between Milan and RB Leipzig, but Gattuso wants to keep him and is “blocking” the transfer.
If Calhanoglu wants a transfer back to the Bundesliga, then he needs to go. Whatever magic that Calhanoglu had during last season hasn’t seemed to be rekindled, the performance against SPAL notwithstanding. If Milan can recover any part of the transfer fee paid for the 25 year-old midfielder, they should jump at the chance, with Brazil international midfielder Lucas Paqueta coming in for a big transfer fee and the club still needing to get out from under the threat of a European football ban by UEFA for the FFP violations and the break-even requirement coming up in a few seasons.
Calhanoglu can be a difference maker on the pitch, but he hasn’t been able to show that this season. And while Gattuso might like the Calhanoglu, Leonardo has to make the best decision for the club, and right now, that might be selling him.