Good and bad news for Liverpool and Arsenal's Calhanoglu pursuit

The possibilities for Liverpool and Arsenal to sign Hamburg’s playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu have got at the same time bigger and smaller. Here are the reasons why.

It has been widely reported that several European clubs are interested in the 20-year-old attacking midfielder from Hamburg. Latest reports have even mentioned Juventus Turin and Spartak Moscow as possible new clubs.

Until now Hamburg have always insisted that selling the Turkish national player wouldn’t be an option for them, but after the latest developments they might have to re-think that point of view again.

The German Football League (DFL) has very strict guidelines to give the licences to the teams of the first, second and third league. One of the most important conditions is that the clubs only get the licence if they don’t have too high debts or at least can prove that they are working on reducing their debts.

German newspaper Bild has now reported that the highly indebted Hamburger SV has to obtain €20 million by May 28th in order to receive the licence for the Bundesliga or the second division. The only realistic option to get this amount within the next five weeks would be by selling some of their players.

Unfortunately almost none of them are interesting for other clubs apart from Hakan Calhanoglu who still has a contract until 2018 and therefore would bring sizeable transfer proceeds. Hamburg’s current financial problems makes it therefore more realistic that they will have to sell Calhanoglu at the end of this season.

However, Liverpool and Arsenal shouldn’t be too optimistic about purchasing him this summer. Bektas Demirtas, the advisor of the 20-year old free kick specialist, revealed in an interview with the newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost which club has currently the best chances of signing Calhanoglu. “We know about Leverkusen’s interest and Bayer has a big chance. Hakan sees his future in Germany.”

Especially the last sentence could is a blast for Liverpool’s and Arsenal’s hopes of signing the “new Özil”. Apparently the player doesn’t seem to be ready yet to make the big step of playing in another country, which is more than understandable when you consider that he is currently playing his first Bundesliga season and that last year he was still playing with Karlsruhe in Germany’s third division.

So far he has taken the right decisions in his career and at only 20 he has still enough time to play for a top team in the Premier League one day.

Right now it might just be easier and without so much risk to move to a German top club where talents have the perfect environment to develop. Leverkusen is exactly such a club.

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