It’s no longer news that Hakan Calhanoglu has largely disappointed and was one of the underperforming players during the sour reign of Marco Giampaolo. In what could be rather surprising news, Milan could be open to selling the Turkish international if the “right price” can be realized. Milan have struggled for creativity of late and this could perhaps open the door for a grass player who still has lots of creativity left in him in the name of Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.
Calhanoglu was strongly linked with an exit over the summer having so far not performed to expectations since his arrival from Bayer Leverkusen.
They have now provided an update, claiming that new head coach Stefano Pioli is likely to focus on Lucas Paqueta for the position in left central midfield.
In addition, the report claims that the club’s hierarchy did not like the political exultation of the player after the victory of his national team against Albania, for which he could receive a UEFA ban.
Therefore, Calhanoglu is no longer unsellable and every offer will be considered. If an offer that represents capital gains comes along (he arrived for €22m) then he would likely be sold.
It’s well obvious that AC Milan have lacked proper creativity in midfield and if reports are concrete, Stefan Pioli should be putting pressure on the Milan hierarchy to secure Ozil’s services. Reports in Italy suggest that both AC Milan and Inter are keen on taking Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil on loan in January (via The Mirror). It’s a situation which continues to rumble on at Arsenal with Mesut Ozil still confined to the sidelines.
The German has barely played for Unai Emery’s side this season and has long been linked with an exit from the club.
It was believed that Ozil would be heading for the exit door in the summer but that did not come to pass and he remained in North London.
However, reports in both England and Italy suggest that two Serie A sides are keen on signing the player in January.
Both AC Milan and Inter are said to be keen on taking Ozil on loan – presumably in a deal which sees Arsenal pay some of his £350,000 weekly wages.
Despite barely playing any decent amount of game time under Emery, Mesut Ozil has remained up there as Arsenal’s highest chance creator under the Spaniard and that sort of creativity would strongly benefit the likes of Leão and Piatek playing in front of him.
Furthermore, Ozil is hungry and desperate for game-time as it stands after seeing himself ousted from the squad by teenagers. Meaning any side getting him at this point will be getting a player ready to make a statement.
Many times, the German has been accused of being a “luxury” player for the Premier League’s style of play but the Serie A which requires more of technicality would be a perfect fit for the German. On a good day, Ozil is one of the most creative players in his position and Milan should be looking to get him in January if they can.
Given that his reputation has fallen short a bit and he’s already in the latter stage of his career at 31, the German would not be too expensive to acquire as multiple reports have even suggested Arsenal are willing to offload him for a cut-price. On a personal note, he would have to take a pay-cut if it would mean putting him out of his misery for lack of game time.
If the reports are true and any concrete offers come in for Calhanoglu, then it is a deal Pioli should be looking to accept and then use the proceeds to haunt for better creativity in the transfer market – something Mesut Ozil has lots of under his command. Calhanoglu got chance after chance under the previous management and kept disappointing and if more of the same continues, then a January exit won’t be a harsh decision in any regard.