Bayer Leverkusen have announced the signing of Hamburg midfielder, Hakan Calhanoglu for a reported fee of €14, according to Bild.
The 20-year-old, who scored 11 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances for the Imtech Arena outfit last season, has signed a five year deal, keeping him at the 2002 Champions League finalists until the summer of 2019.
The Turkish international is set to join his new Bayer Leverkusen team-mates on their annual pre-season tour to Austria after passing an initial medical.
Indeed, both clubs were in serious financial discussions for the past month or so regarding the transfer, with Calhanoglu hell-bent on securing a move away from Hamburg, who survived a humiliating relegation to the second Bundesliga by the skin of their teeth last season.
A deal for the sale of the Mannheim born midfielder was agreed in principle, but any proposal seemed to be over, with the Hamburg hierarchy keen on keeping Calhanoglu, who they recently described as their “unsaleable” prized asset.
In a state of sheer shock regarding the fall through of the move, the midfielder who has won five caps for Turkey went into a state of depression. He was quickly declared as being “mentally sick” by a psychologist in June, and has spent the last few weeks living at home with his parents in Mannheim.
Change of heart
However, his former cash strapped club quickly did a U-Turn on their decision to keep hold of Calhanoglu following yesterday’s arrival of striker, Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Hertha Berlin for €8.5 million.
It is understood that club investor Klaus-Michael Kϋhne was unwilling to give Hamburg money in order to balance their books, prompting the sale of the former Karlsruher SC midfielder. The 20-year-old becomes Bayer Leverkusen’s second big signing of the summer transfer window, having previously signed Nuremberg striker Josip Drmic in May.
Meanwhile, Pierre-Michel Lasogga has expressed his joy in signing for Hamburg, having spent the entirety of last season on loan at the three times Bundesliga champions.
The Germany U21 international scored 13 goals in 20 Bundesliga appearances for Hamburg last season including a crucial away goal in the club’s two-legged relegation play-off tie against second division side, Greuther Fϋrth. He then rejected an offer to join Premier League side, Newcastle United in order to continue his rapid development playing Bundesliga football.
Lasogga, who will be joining up with new Hamburg team-mates today as they head of to China on their summer tour admitted that he wanted to play for a club where he felt wanted.
He said: “The decision wasn’t in spite of Hertha, but a passion to join HSV. Everyone has given me praise here, especially manager, Oliver Kreuzer and boss, Jarchow. For me, this club is best suited to me in terms of my sporting objectives.”
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