Same city, different colors. Hakan Calhanoglu turned down an offer to stay in Milan and chose to continue his career in the camp of city rivals Inter. He confirmed this today to the Turkish correspondent of TRT Sport, Ibrahim Kirkayak: "Tomorrow I will travel to Milan where I will sign a contract."
Gianluca Di Marzio, a specialist for the events on the football market, claimed that everything was agreed, and once again it turned out that the transfer guru was not wrong. To the delight of the new Inter coach Simeone Inzaghi, he will undergo medical examinations tomorrow and sign a three-year contract with the Nerazzurri.
Milan offered the Turkish footballer an annual salary of 4,000,000 euros, Calhanoglu hoped that he could get twice as much, but he was surprised when the only offer he received was from Al Duhail from Qatar. Yes, 8,000,000 were mentioned, but still - Qatar.
However, when Christian Eriksen collapsed at the European Championships, Inter joined the race and offered Chalhanoglu a 50 percent increase. However, the fixed part of the salary will amount to 5,000,000 euros, and the Turk could receive another 1,000,000 on the basis of premiums.
Milan fans will remember this "betrayal" And to make things worse, since this morning, there has been loud talk in the Apennines about the departure of Gianluigi Donnarumma to Paris Saint-Germain for a salary of 12,000,000 euros per season and a five-year contract.
Milan offered a maximum of 8,000,000, it wasn't satisfying for him, so the young goalkeeper allegedly already underwent a medical test this morning before moving to Paris. The Rossoneri will not take a single cent of compensation from that transfer either, because Donnarumma's, as well as Calhanoglu's contract, has just expired.
Anticlimax for the fans already in the first weeks of the transfer period, which was supposed to be a celebratory party after Milan returned to the Champions League after eight years. It doesn't always go the way you imagined.
Milan looked great last season and Calhanoglu was one of the more important players, although in the second half of the season he was not at the level he was expected to be. Still, Inter was fast, waiting patiently and Calhanoglu could not refuse the club that won the Scudetto last season and which has much bigger ambitions next season. It will be interesting to watch Calhanoglu in the derbies against Milan