Recent reports have suggested that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers scouted Hamburg’s attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu with the possibility of a summer move.
The 20-year-old is impressing in the Bundesliga despite his club’s domestic struggles, scoring 10 goals and setting up three more. And given his age and position, he could be exactly the type of player Rodgers moves for as he attempts to build on his outstanding work at Anfield thus far.
But there has now been a potential blow in any Liverpool pursuit, with the player’s father claiming that both Madrid clubs have shown an interest in Calhanoglu.
In quotes published in Spanish newspaper AS and later published by Talk Sport, his father Huseyin said, “We accepted an offer to renew his contract with Hamburg until 2018, but until now there have been 10 different clubs showing interest and Atletico is one of them.
“Real Madrid have even spoken to the representative of my son, Bektas Demirtas, and they think of him for next year.”
Despite the player’s emergence and undeniable talent, it would still come as a surprise if Calhanoglu makes the move to the Bernabeu quite so soon.
But given the development of young players at Liverpool – and the chances the best are given in the first-team – the Turkish star may be wise to snub Spain for a switch to the Reds if their interest is indeed genuine.