Report: Arsenal plan to offer Podolski plus cash in exchange for talented attacker

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Arsenal are reportedly keen on landing Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu.

Arsenal are planning on using out-of-favour striker Lukas Podolski as a makeweight in order to sign talented Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu, the Daily Star reports.

The Turkish ace, 21, is an attacking midfielder full of promise and has on occasions drawn comparisons with current Gunner Mesut Ozil due to his playing style.

Leverkusen are unlikely to want to let their star player leave cheaply, therefore, according to reports, the North Londoners are planning on softening the deal by throwing in German international Podolski.

“Arsene Wenger is ready to use Lukas Podolski as a makeweight to lure Hakan Calhanoglu from Bayer Leverkusen,” reads the Daily Star’s headline.

Should Arsenal sell Lukas Podolski in the summer?

The former Bayern Munich man has found his chances limited at the Emirates Stadium and as a result a six-month loan deal at Inter Milan ensued during the January transfer window.

Due to the rich attacking options currently available to Wenger, Podolski has become the victim of the Gunners’ progression and arguably so have youngsters Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo.

Should the Gunners add another attacking player in Calhanoglu?

  LeagueGoals GAMEShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GamePass Completion %Appearances
Hakan Calhanoglu Bundesliga 0.21 3.3 1.9 1.1 67.3% 24
Theo Walcott Premier League 0.25 1.13 0.25 0.38 83.3% 8
Mesut Özil Premier League 0.21 1.5 2.57 2.36 86.7% 14
Danny Welbeck Premier League 0.17 2.17 1.26 1.3 182.3% 23
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Premier League 0.05 1.41 1.59 3.77 81.3% 22

Simply, the Emirates outfit should only add attacking options if they are better than those they currently have. And as per the table provided by Opta Stats, there is a case to be made here.

From an attacking perspective, Calhanoglu has been impressive in the Bundesliga, scoring five goals, averaging 3.3 shots and 1.9 key passes per encounter - comparable with the Gunners' attacking quartet.

Alexis Sanchez aside, Calhanoglu appears far more direct in the final third and his inclusion could provide Wenger with yet another exciting attacking option with different strengths to the men he currently has.

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