Manchester United’s reported interest in AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu is ‘real’, but the player is focused on staying with the Serie A side.

United have been linked with a move for the Turkish midfielder for several months, with it claimed they were willing to give him a big contract at Old Trafford if he refused to sign a new deal at AC Milan and arrived on a free.

That has since been dismissed, but Calhanoglu’s contract remains an issue for Milan as it expires next summer and he will be free to negotiate with clubs come January.

They are working to get the 26-year-old signed to a new deal and report that his agent held a meeting with the Rossoneri management this afternoon.

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The website explains that his future ‘remains to be written’ and while both parties would like to continue working together, there is still no agreement over an extension.

However, after recent pessimism, there is now a ‘serene’ air to the negotiations as, despite interest from elsewhere, namely Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan, he continues to ‘give priority’ to his current club.

They are working to find an agreement and today’s meeting worked to close the ‘distance’ that exists between both parties.

They are going to continue to work on that in the coming days as there is a ‘will’ on both sides to find an agreement. That suggests Manchester United are set to miss out on the Turkey international, if their reported interest was ever anything more than a tool to pressure Milan.