Chelsea launch bid for 22-year-old free kick specialist

January 11, 2017

According to the latest transfer news, Chelsea have launched a transfer bid to sign Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who has been Antonio Conte’s reported target for the January transfer window.

It is believed that Chelsea manager is in the market for a top-class playmaker after Oscar sealed a club record £60m move to Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG.

The reports from Turkish-Football claim that the Blues have made a surprise January bid for 22-year-old Calhanoglu, with Antonio Conte increasingly keen on bringing the Bundesliga  free kick specialist to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been closely monitoring the highly-rated Turkey international, who has been a standout performer for Bayer Leverkusen this season, and he greatly impressed club scouts.

However, it appears the west London giants could come up against competition from Premier League rivals, as Manchester United are also desperate to get the midfielder’s signature.

And the Turkish star even admitted it would be hard to snub the offer from Man United, telling Lig Tv: Barcelona and United are huge clubs it would be difficult to reject their offers.

He said: ‘But I have not said anything about any transfers or anything of the sort.’