Chelsea Target Hakan Calhanoglu Talks About Man United Dream

Reuters / Phil Noble

Hakan Calhanoglu has conceded that he would find it difficult to turn down any offer from Manchester United.

The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has been heavily linked with a January move to Chelsea. But the Turkey international has been rather talking about a potential move to their Premier League rivals Manchester United. Not only that, he has also mentioned Barcelona as a tempting destination.

Calhanoglu told Lig TV: “Barcelona and Manchester United are huge clubs it would be difficult to turn them down. But I have not said anything about any transfers or anything of the sort.”

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Calhanoglu is known for his versatile midfield displays, being utilised anywhere behind the striker. He’s a dead-ball specialist, and Blues boss Antonio Conte has long been a strong admirer of him.

Chelsea have identified Calhanoglu as a potential replacement for Oscar – who decided to join Chinese Super League earlier this month – but are yet to act on their interest.

Many have likened the 22-year-old Turk to Mesut Ozil, considering his superb natural ability on the ball and an eye for launching passes all over the pitch.

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The Turk notably improved on various aspects of his game under manager Roger Schmidt – a man known for an exciting blend of style and aggression going forward. Last term, the midfielder played 42 matches as Leverkusen finished in 3rd spot, developing a brilliant work rate as the months went by.

However, finding a place in Mourinho’s squad could prove to be difficult. The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial have all showed their capability during United’s recent winning run, and a regular spot would be difficult to come by.


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