Reported Liverpool target Hakan Calhanoglu has revealed that he wants to play Champions League football next season, prompting further reports that he is set to leave Hamburg.
Having finished 16th in the Bundesliga last season his current side are a long way off that feat, leaving reported suitors Bayer Leverkusen in the box-seat.
Calhanoglu’s agent came out last week to reveal that it was they who the 20-year-old favoured a move to. And speaking to Hamburger Morgenpost, the player reiterated that desire.
“Every footballer has the goal of playing in the Champions League,” Calhanoglu said. “That is my wish. I hope the club respond to it.”
While Leverkusen appear favourites for his signature, Liverpool may be wise not to give up just yet.
The player was reportedly scouted by Brendan Rodgers himself near the end of this season and he certainly fits the transfer model at Anfield – young, talented and with the potential to be an excellent long-term investment.
With Emre Can also linked with a move to Liverpool it appears the club have been paying close attention to the emergence of German football and the young stars currently plying their trade within it.
And while Hamburg remain steadfast that they will not be selling Calhanoglu this summer, Rodgers may be wise to test the water with a bid. With the promise of Champions League football, the Reds suddenly have an additional selling point that many players would find it hard to ignore.