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Hamburg Starlet Hakan Calhanoglu Opens Door To Arsenal Move

by Steven Green

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Young Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has welcomed interest in him from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool by claiming that he is flattered to be linked with the Premier League duo, the Daily Mail reports.

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Both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have been keeping him under close consideration as he continues to impress during his breakthrough season, scoring four goals in 14 appearances so far this term, as well as forcing his way into the Turkish national team.

Hamburg are keen to keep a hold of him, but the Gunners are believed to be weighing up an offer to test their resolve after he admitted that he would like to play for the club one day.

“It is a great honour for me when a club like Arsenal show their interest in me,” Calhanoglu told Bild.

The player’s agent, Bektas Demirtas, fuelled the speculation by telling Hamburger Abendblatt: “I think the English clubs will approach HSV in December or January.”

However, Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said that any interest from the Premier League would warrant some serious consideration.

“I indeed believe that Hakan is not against prolonging his contract,’ he said. ‘But when Liverpool and Arsenal turn up at your doorstep the lad might reconsider.”

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