Inter confirm signing of Hakan Calhanoglu

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Calhanoglu has crossed the Milan divide
Calhanoglu has crossed the Milan divide / Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Inter have confirmed the signing of Hakan Calhanoglu on a three-year-deal.

Calhanoglu arrives from rivals Milan, who he signed for back in 2017. During his time on the red and black side of the Derby della Madonnina divide he made 172 appearances, scoring 32 and providing 49 assists.

He arrives at Inter on a free transfer after opting against penning fresh terms at Milan beyond 30 June. The signing comes as somewhat of a surprise as the Nerazzurri had been expected to trim their wage budget over the summer.

Despite romping to the Serie A title last season, all is not well off the pitch with Inter's champions being asked to take a wage cut soon after the Scudetto was confirmed. Since then star players Achraf Hakimi, Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku have all been linked with moves away from the club.

Manager Antonio Conte also departed at the end of the season after growing tired of off-field uncertainty.

Calhanoglu arrives at Inter off the back of two strong seasons in Serie A. During the 2019/20 campaign he managed nine goals and 10 assists. Last term he impressed as well, registering four goals and 10 assists as Milan returned to the Champions League with a second place finish.

He could not follow this up with a good display at Euro 2020, though. Despite his Turkey side being tipped as potential dark horses for the tournament they failed to win a single game in Group A and scored just one goal.

Calhanoglu will be working alongside new Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi next season, one of a long list of managerial changes in Serie A. Juventus, Roma, Fiorentina, Napoli, Sassuolo and Lazio will all have new faces at the helm in what is set to be an exciting campaign.