1st Winter Signing? Chelsea Set to Bid £15m for Oscar Replacement
Chelsea want Bayer 04 Leverkusen playmaker Hakan Çalhanoğlu, according to reports from Turkey.
The Daily Star are citing reports from Turkish media outlet Fanatik that reporting Blues boss Antonio Conte wants the 22-year-old.
Conte is reportedly ready to step up his interest in Çalhanoğlu as the report says that Chelsea are set to make a £15 million move for the Turkish international this month and the recent departure of Oscar to China has opened up a space in the squad for the midfielder.
Fanatik are quoted as saying:
“Hakan Çalhanoğlu is wanted by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.”
The report states that Chelsea sent scouts to watch the German-born playmaker in action during Bayer Leverkusen’s 1-1 draw at neighbours FC Köln just before the winter break in Germany. Çalhanoğlu had a frustrating day that afternoon, firing effort after effort on goal but failing to get on the scoresheet.
However, Chelsea scouts weren’t the only one in attendance at the Rhein Energie Stadium that afternoon as the report states that representatives from Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton were all keeping an eye on the German-born midfielder.
The young midfielder already has 26 caps for Turkey and has excelled in the German Bundesliga for the past three-and-a-half years, initially with Hamburger SV before moving to the Bay Arena in 2014 for £12.5 million.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu has gone on to score 15 goals and 15 assists in his 74 Bundesliga appearances including four goals and four assists in his 13 games this term.