Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that Turkish attacking midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu has joined AC Milan, for a fee believed to be around £22m.
The 23-year-old joins Milan after three seasons with the Bundesliga side, scoring 28 goals in 115 appearances. Çalhanoğlu is notorious for his powerful free-kicks, and fans at the San Siro will be eager to see the charismatic star in action this season.
All that remained was for the Italian club to confirm Calhanoglu had signed the contract, though their confirmation did come shortly afterwards – with the player sitting in front of the press with Milan officials.
The midfielder has also represented Turkey 26 times on the international stage, scoring eight goals in the process. Çalhanoğlu became the first Turkish player ever to score against England in 2016, scoring the equaliser in a 2-1 defeat to the Three Lions at a pre-Euro 2016 friendly at the City of Manchester Stadium.
AC Milan’s Chinese billionaire owners put their money where their mouth is so far in the summer transfer window, splashing out on a host of new stars for the Serie A sleeping giants.
Promising Portuguese international André Silva arrived in a £32m deal, along with Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio and Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodríguez, both costing around £15m.