Chelsea and Arsenal have both been hit with a damning transfer blow in their race to sign Bundesliga talent Hakan Calhanoglu, as his agent has ruled out a move to an overseas club.
The player’s chief representative, Bektas Demirtas, told German newspaper Bild that his client was looking to engineer a move away from HSV this summer, but specifically ruled out switches abroad or to Bayern Munich. Calhanoglu has been on the radar at both Chelsea and Arsenal for some time now, and at one point it was reported that Jose Mourinho had set up negotiations in the hope of holding contractual talks with the 20-year-old.
Now though, Demirtas has revealed that the midfielder doesn’t fancy a Premier League switch, and even went as far as concluding that Bayer Leverkusen were the outright favourites for his signature.
“From the player and the environment point of view is favoured Leverkusen. It would be the next step for Hakan to play internationally,” Demirtas told Bild.
“A move to a foreign club comes out of the question. Bavaria is also irrelevant. We have a transfer to Munich never favored. Because Calhanoglu is not like Mario Götze or Xherdan Shaqiri. He won’t stagnate on the bench.”
With HSV forced to compete in a play-off match to ensure their continued status in the Bundesliga, it’s no wonder that a player of Calhanoglu’s quality is angling for a transfer away from the club. As for his suitor’s in England however, it appears they will be forced to look elsewhere.