Chelsea have reached out to the entourage of AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, according to Sky Italia.

Calhanoglu will be a free agent in the summer if he fails to sign a new contract, having been with Milan since 2017.

There is no indication yet of his desire to remain at the San Siro beyond the summer, despite the Rossoneri offering him an improved contract of €4m (£3.4m) per term (Sky Italia).

The 27-year-old had made a name for himself as a freekick expert at Bayer Leverkusen before he joined the Seria A giants.

Hakan Calhanoglu of Ac Milan  looks on during the Serie A...
STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILANO, ITALY – 2021/04/03: Hakan Calhanoglu of Ac Milan looks on during the Serie A match between Ac Milan and Uc Sampdoria. The match ends in a tie 1-1. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In Italy, Calhanoglu’s has also been wielding his creative brush for Stefano Pioli’s side.  

He is currently on 11 assists for the season. Only Timo Werner can match those figures from a Chelsea standpoint.

His set-piece specialties and other attacking qualities have made him a wanted target by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Hakan Calhanoglu of AC Milan seen in action during the Serie...
MILAN, ITALY – 2021/04/03: Hakan Calhanoglu of AC Milan seen in action during the Serie A 2020/21 football match between AC Milan and UC Sampdoria at the San Siro Stadium. (Final score; AC Milan 1:1 UC Sampdoria). (Photo by Fabrizio Carabelli/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Juventus are said to be the front runners for his signature, whilst Chelsea and Arsenal are leading the Premier League interest.

Intrigue from England directed towards the Turkey international has been rife for some time, with Manchester United’s name constantly linked.

It would be a decent coup for any team, considering his age, ability and goalscoring contributions.

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Anyone see this one coming? I certainly didn’t.

I suspect it will be one of those transfer whispers that soon gets lost in the wind.

His freekicks are pretty wonderful and would be a weapon to anyone, but he’s just not what Chelsea needs right now I’m afraid.

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