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Set-piece specialist Hakan Calhanoglu set to join Milan

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AC Milan are set to continue their spending this summer, with Hakan Calhanoglu, as the Turkish midfielder had landed in Milan for his medical.

The attacking midfielder posted an image on Instagram stories yesterday showing him about to board his plane, along with the caption ‘off to Milan’.

He has undergone initial fitness tests yesterday and  will have his full medical on Monday (today)

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Calhanoglou will cost Vincenzo Montella’s side an initial €20 million, a deal that could rise in value to €24m.

Calhanoglu told Bild:

“I am on my way to sign the contract in Milan”
“I want to thank Bayer Leverkusen, the directors and the fans for three fantastic years.”

Calhanoglu represents a terrific ball-striking individual, who is well known for his ability from dead-ball situations. He is also a danger from long range and is also tidy in possession in midfield.

The Turkey international has not played since January due to a FIFA ban – upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport – relating to a contract dispute with Trabzonspor, whom he is said to have agreed to join before pulling out in 2011.

Calhanoglu waived his wages for the duration of his four-month suspension and reportedly opted against an appeal in order to be available for a transfer in the off-season.

Hakan Calhanoglu will become the sixth signing for Milan ahead of the new Serie A season, following Franck Kessie, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Andre Silva and Fabio Borini in making the move to San Siro.