AC Milan made a last-minute attempt to renew the contract of Hakan Calhanoglu before the Turkish midfielder signed for city rivals Inter.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, who report that the 27-year-old’s agent declined the offer with the player having chosen Inter.
Calhanoglu’s contract with the Rossoneri expires at the end of the month and for some time the player and club had been working on finding an agreement to extend with the club, but the club were too far away from his wage demands.
Accordingly, the player decided to move on as a free agent, with city rivals Inter his preferred destination in the end.
The last-minute bid would have equalled the contract which the player is expected to sign with Inter, but he is happy with his decision to sign with the Rossoneri, expected to be confirmed today.
Rossoneri head coach Stefano Pioli is thought to be unhappy with the departure of the playmaker, who was an important player last season as the club finished second in Serie A, but the club are said to have sanctioned his departure.