Liverpool ‘had contact’ with AC Milan playmaker who’s set to become a free agent – report

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Liverpool reportedly “had contact” with Hakan Calhanoglu’s camp, according to reporter Daniele Longo.

The AC Milan star, who registered 10 assists in Serie A this term, may be available as a free agent this summer with his contract close to expiration and no new terms in sight.

With Gini Wijnaldum thought to have played his final game for the Reds – barring a sudden, dramatic u-turn – Jurgen Klopp’s men are in need of a new, quality midfielder to fill the gap.

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As far as his goal contributions alone go, the Turkey international would make for an interesting option in our midfield three.

To be an effective Wijnaldum replacement, however, the 27-year-old would have to be utterly reliable in possession, being able to retain the ball under pressure – not just simply advance the play.

Calhanoglu does appear to act well under pressure, though a jump from Serie A to the more quick-paced football of the Premier League has proven to be a leap too far for some Serie A stars.

If Klopp can mould the playmaker into a similar style to our No.5, without sacrificing his ability to contribute to goals, however, then it’s an option very much worth pursuing – especially for free.

For the time being though, until more reliable sources make themselves known, we’d take this link with just a pinch of salt.

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