According to The Daily Mirror, Arsenal are considering making a loan swoop for Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu in this January transfer window.
As the Gunners fall further behind the chasing pack in the race for the top four – they now find themselves 11 points behind Chelsea who are in that final Champions League qualification spot – reinforcements would no doubt be welcome this month.
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And according to The Daily Mirror, recently-appointed head coach Mikel Arteta is ready to take Calhanoglu on loan, with the Turkey international potentially being offloaded by Milan as they look to revamp their own squad.
The report further claims that the midfielder is himself is keen for an exit this winter, particularly with this summer’s EUROs coming up.
After enjoying a lavish spend in the summer transfer window that saw Nicolas Pepe arrive in a club-record deal from Lille, the Gunners are rather understandably looking to be a bit more frugal this January. No truly big-money signings, and more bargain moves.
And Calhanoglu certainly fits into that category. Despite not enjoying the greatest of times at Milan – he has managed just 14 goals in 109 games for the Italian club – his performances whilst at Leverkusen prove that there is certainly a player who could help the Arsenal cause. His spell in Germany saw him register 28 goals and 29 assists in 115 games, whilst he showed his versatility by operating in seven different positions as per Transfermarkt.
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In times of inflated transfer fees, landing the 25-year-old on loan would simply be a Raul Sanllehi masterstroke. It would allow the Gunners to focus their money on signing players who are more necessary in other positions, like centre-back for example, where Calum Chambers has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
The north London side have to be savvy with their finances, particularly with Champions League football for next season not a guarantee. Spending big money on a player who may hurt their long-term prospects wouldn’t be shrewd business at all. It’s exactly why a loan move for Calhanoglu makes a lot of sense.