Mikel Arteta’s midfield renovations are still under process in North London. Arsenal is tracking down the Turkish midfielder of AC Milan for the summer availability. Hakan Calhanoglu is expected to wear the Cannon shirt next season in England as per reports.
The Premier League campaign of Gunners is not that attractive this season but the game is not that disastrous for Arteta in Emirates. The Spanish head coach has got the full backing of the management and the process is in progress for him.
The midfield department needs more attention in the summer transfer window and the Calhanoglu deal is moving in favor of the Gunners. The midfielder is out of contract this summer and available as a free agent. According to Sky Sport Italia, an extension of the deal is impossible in Italy.
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According to the contract, Milan are paying Calhanoglu €4 million a year. He asked for a hike in this as per team news. But, the management is not favoring the proposal and the player is looking forward to the summer window for offers.
Juventus, Arsenal, and Chelsea are observing the situation with great interest. Also, the 27-year-old can offer consistent performance with the ball for a couple of years. The season stats are impressive for a new deal in the summer transfer window.
He featured 34 games this season for Rossoneri. Also, he scored 7 goals and assisted for 11. He is a starter in San Siro. Milan are challenging for the title this season placed 2nd on the table behind the rivals from the town, Inter Milan. (Transfermarkt)
Also, he has been phenomenal for the national side in the international break last week. He scored two goals and assisted for three in the last three fixtures of Turkey against the Netherlands, Norway, and Latvia in the European qualifiers for FIFA 2022.
Arsenal in race for Hakan Calhanoglu
The midfielders are safeguarding the reputation of Arteta in Arsenal. The attacking midfielders of Gunners are developing under Arteta to win matches. The major prospects in the midfield include two Real Madrid loanees Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos.
Both of the players are supposed to return to Madrid this summer as per the contract. Meanwhile, the academy recruit Emily Smith Rowe is another major hope of Arteta in the center-circle. The presence of Thomas Partey is crucial for Arteta’s strategy.
Arsenal has been depending on Odegaard and Ceballos in important fixtures and the replacement of Mesut Ozil is yet to happen in Gunners. The Turkish Calnahoglu got plenty of experience with the ball and can mentor the role in the lineup.
As per the reports, Arsenal will proceed with the deal and it is convincing for the fans from North London. The financial outlook is an issue for Gunners due to the poor track record this season.
Also, the lack of Champions League games is affecting the matchday revenue of the team. The ongoing pandemic crisis made it worse. Hence, they can’t propose huge deals and the AC Milan business is not that big for them.