There’s more bad news for Arsenal as Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu is believed to be holding talks with AC Milan over a potential £20m switch this summer.
According to Goal, the player’s agent Bektas Demirtas revealed a number of clubs have made approaches for the 27-year-old, but didn’t name Arsenal as a suitor. Calhanoglu made 15 Bundesliga appearances last season, scoring and creating an impressive 11 goals.
He was banned for the last four months of the season due to controversy from his short-lived time with Trabzonspor in 2011, a club he ended up never playing for, and Leverkusen struggled somewhat in his absence, finishing closer to the relegation playoffs than Europa League places.
And with sides keen to procure his signature this summer, Calhanoglu appears keen to move the move away from the BayArena. His agent talked up the Milan interest recently, saying: “There has been contacts. Milan is one of the best clubs in Europe, but I do not want to say anything about what’s been said.”
Arsenal had been heavily linked to his signature earlier this month but it appears their interest has waned or Calhanoglu prefers a move elsewhere.