Newcastle United have long been on the trail of AC Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu.
The Magpies have been linked with the Turkish midfielder for what feels like forever, and despite their long-term interest it doesn’t seem as though he’s going to be coming to St James’ Park.
If the midfielder is to leave it seems as though he is going to be headed to Manchester United, with Bild journalist Christian Falk claiming that he is ‘90 per cent’ likely to swap San Siro for Old Trafford next summer.
However, there has been another twist in the tale as it is now being reported that he may now sign a new contract with the Serie A outfit.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man is reportedly willing to lower his wage demands so that he can stay with the Rossoneri.
This is of course quite a blow for the Tyneside outfit who have reportedly been tracking Calhanoglu for months as his contract headed towards its expiry date, but it seems as though they now won’t be able to land him on a free transfer.
This probably won’t be the end of Calhanoglu being linked with a move away from AC Milan, after all, he is a top talent who a number of Premier League sides seemingly like, but if Newcastle or Manchester United are now going to land him, he may cost them a pretty penny.
Of course, this is a bigger problem for Newcastle than it is for the Manchester outfit with the Magpies less able to spend big money on transfers with Mike Ashley reluctant to get his wallet out to fund these high-profile signings.
Calhanoglu’s situation in Italy is certainly one that’s worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks and months.