Leicester City will have to cough up €20m (£17m) if they want to lure AC Milan forward Hakan Calhanoglu to the King Power Stadium this transfer window, despite the player's reluctance to move to England.
The Turkish international looks set to leave Milan having made 107 appearances for the club, with the current plight of the Serie A side making for painful viewing with the club languishing in 11th after a miserable start to the season.
Calhanoglu has been a regular starter under Stefano Pioli this season, but his days still appear numbered with his contract set to expire in 2021 and the Rossoneri in desperate need of a cash injection, after recording their highest ever financial loss in a year back in October.
As revealed by Nicolo Schira, the club are willing to sanction his departure for the right price, which looks to be set at £17m, according to Calcio Mercato.
The report follows on from what Schira said and also mentions the interest of the Foxes, stating they had asked about his availability. If he were to make the move to the Premier League he would link up with fellow Turk and international teammate Caglar Soyuncu, however, the player himself would favour a move to the Bundesliga, having been born in Germany.
Having turned out for Karlsruher, Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen during his playing days in the country of his birth, who could be interested in securing his signature is not yet known. RB Leipzig have apparently shown some interest in the past, but the report suggests they have other targets in mind this month.
Known for his dead-ball specialties, Calhanoglu would be competing with free-kick regular James Maddison in the Leicester squad, but he would need to break his way into a side that boasts a host of fine attacking players already.
Clearly Brendan Rodgers is not planning to rest on his laurels this window though, aiming for reinforcements for a side that have shone this season and currently sit second in the Premier League table.
Source : 90min