Leverkusen make first contact with Liverpool target - report

It is believed that Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen want to keep Hakan Calhanoglu in the country.

Last week it was revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been on a German scouting mission where it is believed one of the players he was taking a keen interest in was Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu of Hamburg SV.

The only shining light in a woeful campaign for HSV - which sees them battling what would be their first relegation to the second tier of German football - he was recently asked what he felt about Liverpool interest.

Here is what Calhanoglu said:

"A great honour for me when a coach of such a great club is watching me. This is encouraging in a relegation battle. [However] only the successful relegation is currently important to me.”

He recently signed a new deal with the club but if HSV are relegated it is hard to see a player this talented hanging around.

Not forgetting that Hamburg might have to sell.

They are currently facing crippling debts and relegation could see them having to sell off many of their most valuable assets - including Calhanoglu.

The player wants to stay with his beloved HSV at the Imtech Arena - but his aspirations go beyond that of 2.Bundesliga football.

He also recently intimated that he wanted to play Champions League football in the future but was unsure on a future destination.

However he also wants to prove himself in the Bundesliga - something that looks increasingly unlikely with Hamburg.

However he might just have another option.

Bayer Leverkusen are looking for more options for next season - and it was revealed that they have made first contact with the club about potentially giving him his Champions League dream, should they hold off the challenge of VfL Wolfsburg.

Calhanoglu might just decide that staying in Germany is his best option should HSV be relegated - as he could continue to develop in his home country for a little longer until trying his hand abroad.

All that is sure is that this transfer talk will continue for many weeks yet.

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