Liverpool are reportedly the latest club to show an interest in Hakan Calhanoglu, having been in contact with the 27-year-old playmaker over a summer move.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato, Liverpool have reportedly been in contact with Hakan Calhanoglu over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Reds, though, are yet to present a formal offer to the 27-year-old playmaker, who could be leaving AC Milan as a free agent.
Calhanoglu is coming off a memorable 2020/21 campaign that brought about the end of a superb 18-month period wherein the Turkish international has established himself as a pivotal figure for AC Milan. Long rated as a promising quantity, he has finally been realising his immense potential and made such a top-notch impact that Milan’s struggles late in the season were attributed to his mini slump.
However, as we approach the summer transfer window, Calhanoglu, who has 32 goals and 48 assists in 172 appearances for AC Milan has a lot of question marks surrounding his future at San Siro. The 27-year-old playmaker’s current contract runs out this summer, with terms over a new deal yet to be agreed. This has created an opportunity for Liverpool to snap him up.
Liverpool have been forced to dip their toes in the transfer market for a midfielder in the summer transfer window, with Georginio Wijnaldum, who is now set to join Barcelona, departing as a free agent. While the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Acantara will be regular options at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, he also has a problem in the form of the struggling duo of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With James Milner not getting any younger and Curtis Jones still be inexperienced, it is imperative that Liverpool bolster their midfield this summer. To that end, Calhanoglu is a viable target for the Merseyside outfit, who have also been heavily linked with another Serie A-based playmaker in Rodrigo De Paul.
Liverpool, though, have already established a contact with the entourage of Calhanoglu in order to discuss a possible summer move. However, the Reds are yet to make a formal offer to him for the 27-year-old to consider. For now, what appears to be certain is that Calhanoglu is inching closer to leaving AC Milan this summer.
It will be interesting to see if Liverpool take any concrete steps in pursuit of Calhanoglu by launching a formal offer to secure his services in the summer transfer window. A big summer beckons the Turkish playmker.