Arsenal Transfer News: 'New Mesut Ozil' Hakan Calhanoglu Targets Move to England

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal oversees a training session at London Colney on November 5, 2013 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Hamburg starlet Hakan Calhanoglu has revealed his future lies in England or Spain after reports linked the 19-year-old attacking midfielder with a move to Arsenal.

The Turkish playerwho continues to draw comparisons with Mesut Ozil due to his heritage and creativity in possession—believes he will end up in either the Premier League or La Liga, per Turkish outlet DHA and via Ben Jefferson of the Express:

"My goal is to play at Hamburg and eventually join a club in England or Spain in the future," said the youngster.

Although Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer wishes to keep the talented player at the Imtech Arena for as long as possible, it seems he will put up little fight when the offers start rolling in, as noted during his interview with Hamburger Abendblatt and via Jefferson's report:

"Of course, every player has a price," said Kreuzer. "We do not have any interest in selling him. Hakan is keen on making himself a name in the Bundesliga."

Calhanoglu has made 14 appearances this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists for HSV.

Although Bert van Marwijk's side are currently struggling down in 13th place, Calhanoglu's adeptness in possession and willingness to play the ball has seen him regularly challenge Rafael van der Vaart for a place in the starting lineup.

He can play behind the forward or from the left flank, echoing the versatility of Julian Draxler, who is also linked with a move to the Emirates, per Jamie Sanderson of the Metro.

Liverpool are also said to be interested in Calhanoglu's talents. Both clubs would certainly aid the player's development and are excellent locations for his ball-playing, naturally creative instincts to develop.

Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are famed for giving youths the chance to shine, suggesting Calhanoglu's name could be etched onto the lips of Premier League fans before too long.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Julian Draxler of Germany warms up during a training session at Wembley Stadium ahead of their International Friendly against England on November 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Should the Gunners be looking at a Draxler-type player, Calhanoglu represents a lesser known—and therefore cheaper—option to the German international.

Calhanoglu's ability is beginning to come to the fore, ensuring Premier League managers will be sniffing around in the coming weeks. For Arsenal and Liverpool, the former Karlsruher youngster represents an exciting investment for the future.