Some of the interested Premier League clubs seem to have better chances of signing him than others. Here are the reasons why.
Almost all of the bigger Premier League clubs are said to be interested in one of the discoveries of this Bundesliga’s season.
But Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea are by far not the only clubs that have fallen for 20-year-old playmaker Hacan Calhanoglu. Latest reports mentioned also Real and Atletico Madrid as possible suitors.
The Turkish national player has now revealed in Sport Bild which criteria is important for his potential future club. “First I want to present myself in the Bundesliga. But listening to the Champions League hymn on tv gives me the goose bumps. One day I want to experience these international matches myself.”
After asking him with which team he would like to make this experience, he revealed his high amount of options. “England, Italy, Spain - that is undecided today. My preference would be Hamburg. Champions League with the HSV – then I would stay here for the rest of my life. But at the moment dreams don’t count, only one thing: avoiding the relegation to the second division with the HSV.”
Of course it is no surprise that a player of his talent wants to play in the Champions League one day, but he may have to wait as he recently signed a new contract.
Moving to Hamburg was the perfect step in his career as it was easier for him to play and shine more regularly there as it would have been at a bigger club. However, Hamburg is as close to playing in the Champions League as Wladimir Putin to winning the Peace Nobel Prize. Right now it looks more like they would have to play against teams like Sandhausen or Heidenheim in the second German division next year.
Obviously Calhanoglu wouldn’t be part of that and as he didn’t mention any other German clubs - but only the three countries England, Italy and Spain - as possible future targets, a transfer to a team from another country would be more than likely for him, if Hamburg can’t avoid the relegation.
Probably his first option would be England as the interest in him seems to be even bigger there than it is in any of the other countries – apart from Turkey of course.
Realistically he might prefer to join Arsenal or Liverpool instead of Manchester City or Chelsea, because these two clubs would probably give him more time to adapt and develop. Manchester United could also be an interesting option but then he would still have to wait at least for another year before his dream of playing in the Champions League could come true.