Man Utd in a race with AC Milan to sign free-kick specialist

AC Milan have joined Manchester United in the hunt for Bayer Leverkusen’s playmaker Hakan Çalhanoğlu according to the Italian newspaper Tuttosport.

The report states that Milan are drawing up a shortlist of the world’s best young talent and Tuttosport claim that Çalhanoğlu will be the Serie A giants primary target.

Man Utd are also preparing a move for the Turkish international according to the Dutch football outlet Soccer News.

Çalhanoğlui s regarded as being one of the best set-piece specialists around and has received rave reviews from Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola who said: “Çalhanoğlu is one of the best free-kick takers in the Bundesliga.”

The Turkish international scored the highest number of free-kick goals – in the top five leagues in Europe – Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 – last season.

Çalhanoğlu joined Bayer from HSV on a €15 million transfer last season and was selected as the sixth most valuable U-21 players in the world list by Soccerex.

The 21-year-old has provided one assists and scored five goals in 11 appearances for Leverkusen this season.

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