Arsenal not on Calhanoglu's radar - agent

The 19-year-old's representative has ruled out interest from the Gunners but Galatasaray and an unnamed Premier League side are expected to make an offer next month
By Daniel Jovanov

Arsenal were never among the clubs interested in signing Hamburg starlet Hakan Calhanoglu in January, according to the player's agent.

The Turkish midfielder - who has impressed in the Bundesliga this season despite HSV struggling for results - was linked with the Gunners earlier this month, prompting Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer to insist he was not for sale.

Arsene Wenger also dismissed the reports as mere speculation, and now Calhanoglu's agent Bektas Demirtas has revealed that the north Londoners were never an interested party - although he expects an offer from an unnamed Premier League club which competes in the Champions League.

"We never said Arsenal is interested in Hakan," Demirtas told Goal. "They're definitely not among the candidates."

When asked whether there was any chance that Calhanoglu could leave Hamburg in January, he replied: "In football anything can happen. But it is a fact that Hakan is under contract at Hamburger SV until 2016."

Demirtas revealed that his client's priority is to secure a new contract with Hamburg in the near future, but insists there is no rush to open talks.

"We don't feel any pressure and are not in a hurry to extend the contract," he continued. "It is up to the club to move now and approach us."

Calhanoglu has also been linked with Turkish champions Galatasaray, and the 19-year-old has admitted that Roberto Mancini's side have made contact.

"Tugay Kerimoglu, the assistent coach of Galatasaray, called me and told me they want to have me in winter," he is quoted as saying by Sport Bild.