Last month 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.
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.
And now Chelsea are said to be keen - and would be doing yet another Mohamed Salah on Liverpool if they brought him in.
Chelsea pipped Liverpool for the signature of the Egyptian in January and moving for Calhanoglu would once again leave Rodgers’ cutting a dejected figure.
However - do Chelsea even need the player dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil’.
Essentially the answer is no. He is very talented - of that there is no doubt. But he is no better than the multitude of attacking midfielders the club already has to play in the three behind the front man.
Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle, Salah - they had to get rid of Kevin De Bruyne because Mourinho could not keep all of these players happy.
Calhanoglu would be yet another novelty purchase by Chelsea. He would barely play, disappear from the first-team picture and be gone within 18 months.
If Calhanoglu’s HSV side go down he is going to leave - but for his sake I hope he avoids the lure of Stamford Bridge.
As he might go from being the ‘next Ozil’ to the ‘next Shaun Wright-Phillips’ very quickly indeed.