Arsenal are reportedly set to make a formal bid for Hamburg attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, according to the player’s agent.
The 19 year old has shown flashes of brilliance for Hamburg and is quickly becoming a wanted man as some of Europe’s biggest clubs sense the next big thing.
The Turkish international has already made 14 starts this season in the league, scoring four goals and assisting two, a creditable return for a player of his age and has been hailed as the “new Mesut Ozil” for his style of play.
Liverpool are also monitoring the midfielder, but his agent Bektas Demirtas suggests that the player wants to stay at Hamburg despite mounting interest from Arsenal.
According to Talk Sport, he said:
We know of Arsenal’s interest. I think they will make a concrete move in December or January. Hakan and Hamburg has been a success story – our wish is that he stays here and continues to evolve.
He was born in Germany, but unlike many Germans of Turkish descent Hakan Calhanoglu has pledged his future to Turkey. In 2009, the promising attacking midfielder joined the youth system of Karlsruher, making his first team debut two years later in the Bundesliga, making 14 appearances, yielding three assists but unfortunately they were relegated. He was then signed by Hamburg in the summer of 2012 but was immediately loaned back to Karlsruher.
His consistent performances have earned him a regular first team spot at Hamburg this season and thus far he has been placed in the centre forward position and even wears the No 9 shirt. At International level, the German born starlet has represented Turkey from U-16 level and earned his first U-21 cap last year. He also appeared at the U20 World Cup earlier in the summer on home soil.
Calhanoglu is a versatile player and can been deployed up front, behind the striker or on both flanks. He is an accurate finisher and the young Turk also has an eye for a good ball. He is a talented attacking threat with a penchant for long shots, direct free kicks and is a classy passer. However his relatively small statue may become an issue in some games should he make the move to England.
Wenger is famed for nurturing and giving youths a chance to shine, so a move will appeal to the player. Calhanoglu will also be available on the cheap which will definitely appeal to the Frenchman. He is beginning to come to the fore and represents an exciting investment for the future.
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