Hakan Calhanoglu has spoken to Inter manager Simone Inzaghi, who has welcomed him to the club, and informed him that he looks forward to working with him.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, who report that the 27-year-old is set to sign a three-year contract with Inter today once he has undergone his medical with the club.
Calhanoglu joins Inter from city rivals AC Milan and will earn a net of €4.5 million before add-ons in his first season at the Giuseppe Meazza, and then a neat of €5 million before add-ons in the final two years of his contract.
The deal for the Turk’s signature fell into place quickly, with the player’s contract with the Rossoneri running out at the end of the month.
Inter CEO Beppe Marotta and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio identified Calhanoglu as a target to replace Christian Eriksen after it became clear that the Dane would most likely not be a part of Inter’s plans for next season while he recovered from his health emergency.
Inter acted quickly to close the deal for the player ahead of interest from European clubs including Juventus and Atletico Madrid.
Speaking with the player, Inzaghi made it clear that he was a proponent of the signing, and the deal was something that he pushed for, showing that the coach is happy to have the Turk in his plans for next season.
Calhanoglu is also thought to have made staying in Milan a priority for next season as his family is settled there, but he grew tired of negotiations with the Rossoneri who were far away from meeting his salary demands.