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Arsenal Transfer News: Hakan Calhanoglu Fight Expected, Viktor Fischer Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2015

Dortmund's Matthias Ginter, right, and Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Arsenal will engage in a tug-of-war with Serie A outfit Milan in an effort to land Bayer Leverkusen starlet Hakan Calhanoglu next year, and the Gunners are also eager to land Ajax's Viktor Fischer this January.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Calhanoglu was made Milan's top target after a meeting between manager Sinisa Mihajlovic and club CEO Adriano Galliani, per the Mirror's Liam Corless.

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Calhanoglu has dazzled as one of Europe's fastest-rising prospects since completing a €14.5 million switch to the BayArena from Hamburg last year, particularly thanks to his set-piece gifts.

Leverkusen fell to Barcelona 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, where it was a Calhanoglu corner that set up the visitors' goal, leaving OptaCan to highlight the player's superb influence in attack:

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12 - @Hakanc10 Calhanoglu has been involved in 12 goals (6 goals, 6 assisted) in 14 games in European competition. Impact. (via @OptaFranz)

It's widely regarded that Arsenal's main concern at present is the absence of a world-class striker, but if Theo Walcott continues to ply his trade up front, perhaps the space could open for a Calhanoglu arrival.

German newspaper Express reported that Real Madrid registered a €35 million (£25.8 million) bid for the youngster this past summer, but Turkish Football claimed the offer was declined as Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade insisted: "Calhanoglu is not for sale."

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If true, that report puts into context just how highly the Factory Squad value their rising asset, who has already made 11 appearances for Turkey, scoring three goals for the national team.

Turkish Football have also hailed the attacking midfielder's improving confidence when faced with a big-game situation, rarely shirking from the occasion as so many other young players might:

Calhanoglu has earned comparisons to former Bundesliga talisman Mesut Ozil, who also comes from a Turkish background and is the man currently seen as Arsene Wenger's leading puppeteer.

However, a move to the Emirates Stadium could also see Calhanoglu put his first-team priority at risk, although Arsenal's stuttered start to the campaign suggests there is room for change in north London.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are also thought to be interested in the signature of Eredivisie starlet Fischer, another creative force who would be hoping to find a place among Arsenal's playmaking ranks.

Italian outlet Calciomercato reported a January move is on the cards after the 21-year-old bagged five goals in his first nine outings of the 2015-16 season, per Metro's Will Giles.

Giles is also quick to point out that Arsenal hero Dennis Bergkamp is currently assistant manager to Frank de Boer at the Amsterdam ArenA, something that could give the Gunners an upper hand if a fight were to break out for Fischer's services.

Fischer stands out as a superbly versatile figure in the Godenzonen setup, and despite emerging as a winger, he is capable of operating more centrally, as was shown with his goal against Celtic in the Europa League qualifiers, per the club's official Twitter account:

That malleability is sure to enamour the youngster with Wenger, a manager whose preference of signing young, up-and-coming talent is liable to guide his attention toward a player like Fischer.

The Denmark international first moved to Amsterdam in 2011 and has just over 18 months left to run on his current deal, which could come to play a major hand in seeing whether he leaves Ajax this winter.

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