Arsenal and Chelsea make offers to sign AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu on free transfer

Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Hakan Calhanoglu looks on before AC Milan match
Hakan Calhanoglu is out of contract at AC Milan this summer (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal and Chelsea have entered the race to sign Hakan Calhanoglu on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports in Italy.

Calhanoglu, 27, has notched up two goals and eight assists for second-placed AC Milan in Serie A this term but there remains uncertainty over the attacking midfielder’s future given he’s out of contract in just under three months.

And while the Rossoneri are keen to extend Calhanoglu’s stay, the Turkey international is demanding €1million (£850,000) more a year than the figure he’s currently being offered and talks have hit a stalemate.

Sky Italia claims Arsenal and Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on recent developments and have approached Calhanoglu’s entourage with offers over the last few hours.

Hakan Calhanoglu runs with the ball during AC Milan clash
Juventus are at the front of the queue for the Turkey midfielder (Picture: Getty)

Both clubs are languishing outside of the Premier League top four with eight games remaining of the 2020/21 campaign and are determined to strengthen in midfield for the new season.

However, the reports adds that Juventus are also ‘thinking very seriously’ about a move and are in pole position to wrap up a deal should Milan fail to reach an agreement in the coming weeks.

As it stands, the proposals sent by Arsenal and Chelsea do not match what Juve are prepared to offer the former Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg star, a renowned free-kick specialist.

Calhanoglu has been tight-lipped regarding his contract situation at the San Siro but made no secret of his desire to one day represent Galatasaray when pressed on his future ambitions during the recent international break.

‘I cheer for them,’ he told reporters prior to Turkey’s World Cup qualifying victory over the Netherlands last month.

‘I hope to play for Galatasaray in the future.

‘Why not? I got a lion tattoo because I cheer for Galatasaray.’

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