Arsenal in stunning swoop for 23-year-old Bundesliga midfielder

June 11, 2017

Arsenal have joined the race for Bayer Leverkusen playmkaerHakan Calhanoglu according to reports in Turkey.

The Aksam outlet report that the North Londoners are preparing a move for the 23-year-old attacking midfielder.

According to the source, Arsenal and Lazio are both interested in the Turkish international.

Like Ozil, He was born in Germany and is part of the large Turkish community-based in the country.

Unlike Ozil, Calhanoglu serves Turkey at international level. Both footballers are bi-lingual in Turkish and German.

Sports Bild also suggested on the latest developments regarding Calhanoglu and announced that Bayer Leverkusen would be ready to accept a transfer offer worth £17.6 million [€20m].

Turkish-Football have earlier reported that Chelsea have held a long-term interest in the Bayer playmaker.

Also, Turkish outlet Hurriyet reported in January that they caught Calhanoglu admitting in private that he thinks to join Chelsea.

Hurriyet issued quotes saying Calhanoglu had c; aimed: “I will have my wedding in a few months and then god willing, I will be a Chelsea player next season, there are also other clubs that want me.”

He denied comments on his official Twitter account. However, the newspaper stood by their story and refused to remove the statement

The Turkish international ace did end up getting married to Sinem Gundogudu in Mannheim, Germany in May.

He does have another two-years left on his deal and a release clause worth £32.5 million, however, Bayer could be tempted into letting their star man go.