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Man Utd continue chase for 26-year-old creative midfielder


AC Milan chief Paolo Maldini insists the Serie A heavyweights are in no rush to resolve the future of Manchester United midfield target Hakan Calhanoglou.

The Turkey international has featured in over 100 matches for the Italian club since his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 and has played a key role in the impressive start Stefano Pioli’s outfit have made to the new season.

Hakan has just over six months remaining on his current deal and is free to secure a pre-contract agreement with another European side from next month and he has been heavily linked with a transfer to the Premier League.

Milan are also hoping to tie shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma to a fresh deal, but club legend Maldini insists Milan will not be pressured into finalising terms for either player.

‘There’s no rush, there are appointments for meetings,’ the Rossoneri technical director said.

‘It’s a continual process, none of the negotiations were ever really interrupted, it’s about finding the right moment to close a deal.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has three playmakers to choose from with summer acquisition Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba all vying for a spot in the Norwegian’s starting eleven.

Fernandes has established himself as the Red Devils’ most important player since his January move from Sporting CP, while Donny is beginning to stake his claim for inclusion on a more regular basis.

Pogba, meantime, has endured a difficult start to the new campaign with injury and illness affecting his form.

The Frenchman’s long-term future remains a matter of conjecture and spoke of his willingness to play in Spain during the recent international break.

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