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Man United to move for 26-year-old Serie A star who specializes in set-pieces

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Manchester United are increasingly likely to sign Hakan Calhanoglu.

Manchester United interested in Hakan Calhanoglu

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport (h/t MEN), Manchester United are interested in AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.

The Turkish international is in the final year of his contract and could be secured on a free next summer. The Red Devils are keen to offer him a five-year deal to entice him to the Theatre of Dreams.

The 26-year-old moved to Milan in 2017 after making a name for himself in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen. Despite a few moments of brilliance, he has failed to impress at the San Siro.

Manchester United itnerested in Hakan Calhanoglu
Manchester United itnerested in Hakan Calhanoglu (Image Creditis: Getty Images)

With his future uncertain, he could seek a fresh challenge if he so desired at the end of the season. Clubs are free to negotiate a pre-contract with the player in January.

It is not the first time United have been linked with the player. In fact, earlier in the summer, he was seen as a viable backup to star midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

The 26-year-old had earlier garnered attention from Bundesliga pair RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin. Whether the duo will provide competition for his signature remains to be seen.

Calhanoglu can be a decent backup to Bruno Fernandes
Calhanoglu can be a decent backup to Bruno Fernandes

While it is debatable if the Turk can slot into our first XI, he is definitely a more than decent option off the bench.

Add to it his set-piece prowess, he could be a real weapon in our arsenal. His ability to strike a knuckleball is reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo and Juninho Pernambucano.

Alex Telles has already shown he has an aptitude for taking corners. With Calhanoglu also on dead-ball duty, we can hurt the opposition in more ways than one.

Calhanoglu will give Solskjaer more options
Calhanoglu will give Solskjaer more options

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The 26-year-old is an extremely versatile player capable of playing in a plethora of positions in the midfield and attack. He will also give Solskjaer the chance to deploy him in a variety of positions when the need arises.

Obtaining his services on a free is nothing to sniff at. Whether we indeed make a move for him remains to be seen.