Calhanoglu, Atlético’s alternative … if De Paul fails

Hakan Calhanoglu is one of the alternatives that Atlético manages in case that Rodrigo De Paul can’t get there finally to the rojiblanco team. As Sky Italia anticipated and MARCA confirmed, the Turk is one of the footballers who is following the Sports Directorate led by Andrea Berta.

It was precisely the Italian who tried to sign the still Milan player just a year ago. It was not, in any case, the first time that Atlético had approached the Turk. In 2019While the Italians and the Madrilenians negotiated the signing of Correa, his name came up but finally the operation was blown up.

Before, when the Turkish was a member of Bayer Leverkusen, their paths crossed again, but the Ottoman international continued at the German club, frustrating a possible signing that this year could have a happy ending by ending the contract with Milan, an entity to which he arrived. in 2017.

That attempt was recognized by Bektas Demirtas, representative of 10 from Turkey, who assured in Kicker that Atlético wanted to hire the Bayer player … before receiving the FIFA sanction: “Now they say that Calhanoglu is on Chelsea’s agenda, but the only thing I know well is that Atlético tried to sign him last summer. Bayer did not want to sell him and that is why the operation was not carried out, “said his representative.

And it is that the footballer, an excellent set-piece shooter, is shaking his future by listening to offers as a free agent when he is just 27 years old and already has plenty of experience in the elite (He has been with Milan since 2017). In the case of Atlético, counted, it depends on the fact that the signing of De Paul does not go ahead so that they finally go for a player who debuted at the European Championship on Friday with a defeat against Italy.

Interests crossed with Milan

Calhanoglu’s case is not the only one in which Atlético and Milan are immersed this summer. And it is that the Italian team He is the rojiblancos’ main competitor for the aforementioned De Paul after his spectacular season with Udinese. Now, a Milanese footballer can end up wearing the red-and-white elastic on the fourth attempt.

The Turkish’s numbers at 20-21 leave no doubt about his influence in attack. Nine goals and 12 assists in his 43 duels in a Milan that has had one of its most important footballers in Hakam … hence the intention of the Italians is to try to renew a player they like at Atlético for many years.

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