Arsenal and Liverpool battle for Hakan Çalhanoğlu

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Arsenal are hoping to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool to the signing of Turkish star Hakan Çalhanoğlu by lodging a January bid, according to the Daily Star.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has broken into the first XI at German club Hamburg and has already made 13 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring four goals.

Çalhanoğlu's form has already seen him capped once by Turkey and his style of play has drawn comparisons with Gunners star Mesut Ozil, who could have also played for Turkey due to his heritage. 

Liverpool and their manager Brendan Rodgers are known admirers of the attacking-midfielder who started his career at Karlsruher and have sent scouts to watch some of his recent games in Germany.

However, the Premier League leaders Arsenal are preparing to steal the hot-prospect from under the Anfield club's nose by bidding in January.

The player's representative Bektas Demirtas would prefer his client to stay where he is though: "We know of Arsenal's interest." He said

"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."

The Reds won't want to lose another battle to the north Londoners who they trail in second place. Arsene Wenger's side also beat them at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season.

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