Manchester United and Chelsea could yet land summer target and Bundesliga star Hakan Calhanolgu, after reports in Germany claimed Hamburger may be forced to sell him to make money.
According to German publication Bild, HSV - who sit 16th in the league table - may have no option but to sell their prized asset, as they are strapped for money at the moment. Despite vehement claims from the club’s sporting director Oliver Kreuzer that HSV would never sell Calhanolgu, Bild offers the opinion that a move to the Premier League, where the likes of United and Chelsea have already registered their interest, is very much a feasible concept.
This will be a definite boost for the two English giants, as David Moyes is keen on the acquisition of a strong central midfielder and Jose Mourinho was already being tipped to make a £16million offer with which to test HSV’s resolve. With Calhanolgu having bagged five goals in his last seven outings he’s looking a sure fire bet to be at the centre of a transfer tussle come the summer window.
Of course if HSV can beat the drop then there’s every chance that with his current deal not expiring until 2018, Calhanolgu, dubbed by many sources as the ‘new Ozil’, could stay. However if they are relegated then the likes of United and Chelsea may embark on one of the market's first bidding wars.