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Calhanoglu asks for significant pay rise

Hakan Calhanoglu, AC Milan
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Hakan Calhanoglu is reportedly demanding a substantial wage increase to pledge his long-term future to AC Milan.

Calhanoglu, who arrived at the San Siro from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017, has less than 12 months left on his current contract.

The 26-year-old forward had been struggling with form and consistency during his first two years at the club.

A series of lackluster performances throughout 2017/18 and 2018/19 had seen the Turkey international become almost a bit-part player at Milan.

However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to the club has turned the team’s fortunes around, and Calhanoglu’s resurgence followed.

The former Hamburger player has been playing like a man possessed post lockdown, establishing himself as one of Serie A’s standout performers.

Since the resumption of football back in June, he managed six goals and eight assists in 12 league outings in 2019/20.

This season alone, Calhanoglu already has four goals and three assists under his belt.

Calhanoglu currently earns €2.5million a year on the name of the contract. But, he is asking for a notable upgrade to those terms to commit his future to Milan.

According to the Football-Italia, player’s agent Gordon Stipic has already informed the Rossoneri of his client’s intention to bring his earnings closer to €6.5m a season to stay put.

Several clubs in the Premier League and the Bundesliga have already taken an interest in the prolific attacking midfielder.

In case Milan fail to persuade Calhanoglu to commit to fresh terms in Lombardy in the coming months, they could face a risk of losing him for free less than a year from now.

The Turkish star will be able to negotiate with other teams already in January.