Hakan Calhanoglu's agent - Bektas Demirtas - has dismissed suggestions that the Hamburg midfielder is on his way to Bayern Munich and has stressed that Bayer Leverkusen are the favourites to sign the 20-year-old instead.
Calhanoglu recently admitted that he felt honoured Bayern are keeping tabs on him following an impressive breakthrough season with Hamburg, in which he scored 11 goals in 32 Bundesliga games, but he is not interested in a move to the Bundesliga champions or abroad at this stage of his career.
"A move to a foreign club is not in question. Bayern also plays no role, we have never favoured a move to Munich. From the perspective of the player, the environment at Leverkusen is favoured," Demirtas told Bild.
"It would be the next step for Hakan to play internationally.
"They are a club who are playing in Europe, who would like to buy him and who are also prepared to pay the right price for him.
"It is important that the boy is playing. We have to think in the medium to long term."
The Turkey international signed a new contract to keep him at the Imtech Arena until 2018 earlier this year, but HSV could be tempted to cash in on their prized asset if they drop to 2. Bundesliga.
Hamburg face a relegation play-off with Greuther Furth in order to preserve their place in the German top flight later this month.