According to Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer, left attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu is being monitored by Arsenal.
"Not only Liverpool and Arsenal show interest," Kreuzer said, from Bild via Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC. "I indeed believe that Hakan is not against prolonging his contract. But when Liverpool and Arsenal turn up at your doorstep the lad might reconsider."
Calhanoglu can create for his teammates, is a free-kick specialist and a promising player but he would not make the Arsenal starting XI right now.
Hamburg have had explosive players in past seasons such as Heung Min Son, Gokhan Tore, Eljero Elia and Jonathan Pitroipa.
Going by the eye-test, Calhanoglu is around the quality of Elia and Pitroipa.
Calhanoglu does not have Son's pace and the dribbling is a few notches below Tore.
If you tripled Calhanoglu's dribbles per game (1.5 x 3 = 4.5), it would still be 0.8 lower than the 5.3 dribbles per game Tore accumulated during the 2011-12 season.
What Hamburg are doing is throwing Calhanoglu's name out there, building up his profile, so he can be overhyped therefore enabling them to sell him at an inflated transfer fee.