Hamburg playmaker, Hakan Calhanoglu, could leave the club this summer despite extending his contract just three months ago.
According to German newspaper, Bild, the attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen.
The player’s agent told German media: “If he were to move to another club in Germany, then Leverkusen have the best chance.”
“They are a club who are playing in Europe, who would like to buy him and who are also prepared to pay the right price for him."
Calhanoglu, 20, scored 11 goals in 32 appearances for Hamburg last season but this hasn’t prevented them from the fear of the drop zone. The club finished 16th, in the relegation play off place, and will play Greuther Fürth for a spot in the Bundesliga next year.
Leverkusen have already began preparations for the new season after announcing on Monday they had sealed a deal to sign Josip Drmic. The club have secured the services of the 21 year old from FC Nürnberg until 2019.
If Hamburg do lose their top flight status then this will be the first time they have been sent down to the second tier of German football in their history. Relegation would force the club to offload some of their prized possessions and that may include Calhanoglu.
However, the player initially wished to extend his stay at the Imtech Arena after signing a new contract which would keep him at the club until 2018.
Still, with the promise of top flight football and the possibility of playing in the group stages of the Champions League next season, Calhanoglu may make a sudden U-turn.
The Turkish starlet was also rumoured to be linked with both the Madrid sides as well as Liverpool and Chelsea. This latest statement from his agent has dampened these claims.
Liverpool have turned their interest to Southampton and England International, Adam Lallana, in hope they can complete a deal before the World Cup however, England manager, Roy Hodgson wants to mute all summer negotiations.
Calhanoglu on the other hand will not be playing in Brazil this summer after his country failed to qualify for the tournament. Turkey have not qualified for the World Cup since 2002 when they made it all the way to the semi-finals. He, as well as Arda Turn and Burak Yilmaz will be watching the competition from their home rather than performing on the world stage.
So with International duty out of the question, Calhanoglu will be ready to open talks with bidders but he will not be subject to a move outside of Germany. Bayern Munich are another side linked with the midfielder but this switch is also out of the question. So to sum up, it’s either stay put or off to Leverkusen.
The vital play off tie will take place on the 15th May and the 18th May.
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