Manuele Baiocchini of Sky Italia via MilanLive.it is reporting that AC Milan trequartista Hakan Calhanoglu has presented a huge salary request as part of the contract renewal talks. The Turkey international has asked for 7 million euros net per year up more than double from his current salary of 2.5 million euros. The distance is considered substantial and it will be difficult to overcome the difference. Milan are reportedly looking to offer about 3-3.5 million euros for the renewal of the attacking midfielder. A number of clubs are reportedly considering to pick him up on a bosman this summer when his contract expires.
Carlo Pellegatti via MilanNews.it commented on the situation to say:
“The Turk, who has his contract expiring in the 2021, seems to want a very important salary. Milan’s offer should be between 3.5 and 4 million while the request of the Turkish is said to be for a contract not far from that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, therefore from about 6 and 7 million. The Gap is very important.”
“How will this question be resolved? It will be a complicated negotiation full of obstacles. Milan will not go to the figure of Calhanoglu while I do not know if he will accept the Rossoneri’s offer, but he must find a team that can offer him such an important figure.”
“One theme, however, is at his heart: his performance which is not optimal. Calhanoglu is a sensitive player at heart and his contractual situation could affect his performance. This is my fear.”
“A thorny situation, therefore, that must be resolved because Calhanoglu at the top makes the difference. Lately he is not succeeding but for Milan it would be a more serious loss in the immediate future than in the future.”