Arsenal reported to be preparing a bid for classy Serie A midfielder

Arsenal is prepared to launch a bid for AC Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu.

The Turkish International has been one of the regulars under Stefano Pioli, but Italian media outlet Calciomercato claims that he is eyeing a move elsewhere.

The report further claims that Milan is not against selling the midfielder as his sale would help them in their efforts to fund the rebuilding of their squad.

Calhanoglu is one of the top midfielders in Italy and he has been the subject of interest from several other European sides.

The midfielder is currently valued at around £20 million and Arsenal remain on the lookout for players of his quality.

Mikel Arteta has managed to convince Granit Xhaka to remain beyond this month, but reports last week claimed that the Spaniard is still looking for a new midfielder.

Calhanoglu also sees a move away from Milan as the best way for him to stake his claim for a place in Turkey’s starting XI at the Euros in the summer.

Arsenal is looking to have a quiet window this month and make major signings when the summer transfer window opens. But if Arteta can convince them that Calhanoglu is perfect for his system then this transfer could materialise before the end of the month.

11 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    I thought the article below was supposed to be last transfer rumor article in this transfer window?

    justarsenal.com/forget-the-arsenal-rumours-nothing-to-see-here/232581

    Anyway, none of Gattuso’s AC Milan players was impressive when Arsenal beat them twice and Calhanoglu is one of them. His attacking stats are also awful as a winger and Arteta had better look elsewhere if he wants a new DM

  2. stevo says:

    Arsenal has been paying way over the odds for European players for years
    then got stuck with them and have to keep paying their high salaries.
    Mustafi was valued at 20m when we paid Valencia 43m in 2016.
    Now clubs like Milan offer 15m for Mustafi.
    Arsenal should offer Mkhitarian in a swap no money deal and see how keen Milan are then.
    Unless we sell it’s simply a case of another loan or a cheap youngster with promise.
    Avoid freebies like the plague as they actually cost more in the long run
    as they demand a huge salary (Kolasinac) rarely succeed and have no resale value.

    1. gotanidea says:

      Kolasinac is a good attacking LB and he is more reliable than Tierney currently

      I agree with Arsenal’s bad decisions on the non EPL players though. Despite buying some good ones, Arsenal also acquired some bad players

      It’s been a long time since Arsenal purchased a prime-age player from another EPL club

  3. Joe says:

    To start with, if you look at the current transfer rumours especially concerning midfielders, Granit Xhaka is not trying to be replaced. Ziyech and Calhanoglu both play where Ozil plays. Get your context right.

    Secondly, beyond being one of the most accurate free kick takers in Europe, he doesn’t offer much so, not really one I’d cross figures though. If he were coming to be a reserve player though, then that’s a good deal

    1. Innit says:

      Good. Ozil needs replacing. He’s not good enough. Ziyech would be perfect

      1. stevo says:

        If we can just get Ajax to take 45 mill off their 50m valuation he will be ours 🙂

        1. gotanidea says:

          Or no need for a new no 10, since we’ve got many players who can play in that position and it’s about time Arsenal switch to the more effective 4-3-3

  4. jon fox says:

    We have Ozil and Ceballos who are creative, though both unrelieable WE NEED A TOTAL NEW OUTFIELD DEFENCE AND WE HAVE SCROOGE WHO OWNS US. The chance of us signing a decent midfielder in this window are zero. Move on and stop insulting our intelligence with fake rumours that no one with a brain remotely believes. If the rumour had been about a defender, it might at least have an iota of believability.

  5. Franko says:

    The Arsenal midfield is still the slowest in the league. Its only a matter of time before the players drop their tempo again. And Arteta seem to panic after we go in front each time and allowing the players to defend a goal by switching from his Arteta-ball to Emery-ball. That’s not a mindset Arsene Wenger or Guardiola has. He should stop that ASAP and encourage is players to go for more goals to kill the game off or else he will become another Emery 3.0 who was drawing and loosing games all season because he was always scared of the opposition.

  6. Roger!!! Roger!!! Please try to understand!!!

    Don’t launch this one again please!!! because all your launches this transfer window have missed the target.

  7. Marty says:

    Oh good, so we’ll be signing 20 new players in January judging by all the rumours flying around. I hate these transfer windows

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