Arsenal are reportedly considering a move to sign AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu on loan in the January transfer window.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Hakan Calhanoglu has emerged as a target for Arsenal for the January transfer window. The Premier League heavyweights are scouring the prospect of signing the Turkish international on a loan deal this winter, with AC Milan open to the idea of parting ways with him.
Calhanoglu arrived at AC Milan in the summer of 2017 following a successful stint with Bayer Leverkusen. Known for his set-piece prowess, the 25-year-old has struggled to make much of an impression at San Siro, with the inconsistencies of the fallen giants of Italian football reflecting in his performances as well.
The current season has been the lowest ebb for the player, who has managed just 2 goals and 1 assist in 18 Serie A outings. His drop in form has affected his status at AC Milan, who are ready to part ways with Calhanoglu in the January transfer window, and Arsenal are ready to pounce on the situation.
The interest from Arsenal, though, comes as a bit of a surprise. In Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos, Mikel Arteta already has a couple of top class performers for the no. 10 role. While Calhanoglu can play out wide, with the Arsenal manager showing a penchant to trust the likes of Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka, it is hard to see how Calhanoglu fits in the squad.
Nevertheless, it looks as if Arsenal are ready to make a loan move for Calhanoglu this winter, with AC Milan eager to offload him. The player, too, is open to the idea of a move away from San Siro, as he looks to resurrect a stuttering career ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020.
The move will surely help Arteta bolster his squad, with the midfielder’s set-piece prowess going in his favour as well. What now remains to be seen is if the claims made by Daily Mirror are indeed true.
If so, we could see Calhanoglu possibly making his way to Arsenal in this January’s transfer window, as the new manager looks to reinforce his options with winter moves.