Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is nearing a move to AC Milan after the Italians submitted an offer of €20 million to Bayer Leverkusen.
Hakan Calhanoglu is coming off a FIFA-imposed four-month ban from football following a breach of contract while playing for Karlsruher SC.
The 23-year-old was a prominent figure in the Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen until the ban, making over 100 appearances for the club in a two-and-a-half-year spell.
Calhanoglu’s transfer is now subject to an agreement between the two clubs, which his agent Bektas Demirtas eagerly awaits following promising negotiations.
“We held good talks with AC Milan,” said Demirtas.
“It’s now important that the clubs reach an agreement. Once they achieve an agreement, we can enter final talks with AC Milan.”
Leverkusen are believed to be holding out for as much as €30 million for the Turkish international, who they signed from Hamburg for €15 million in 2014.
Calhanoglu would add to the Milan summer influx should he complete the move, and would be their fifth signing after Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal – €18 million), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg – €17 million), Andre Silva (€38 million) and Franck Kessie (Atalanta – loan).