Bayer Leverkusen's star midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has said it would be hard for him to ignore offers from Manchester United and Barcelona. The 21-year-old joined the club from Hamburger SV in the summer of 2014 and is a specialist in set pieces.
The Turkish international has scored two goals and two assists from four Champions League appearances. He is a rising star in the Bundesliga and the Guardian reported that Calhanoglu has been a target for Louis van Gaal's side.
"Barcelona and Manchester United are huge clubs. It would be difficult to turn them down. I have not said anything and there is nothing to talk about, but, of course, if Barcelona made an offer I would have to consider it," Calhanoglu told Turkish broadcasters Lig TV, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
Leverkusen valued their star midfielder at around £32m ($48.2m), according to another report in the Evening Standard. Van Gaal plans to make an approach for the free-kick specialist in January. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager wants to add more creativity to his squad in the mid-season transfer window. The Dutchman has identified Calhanoglu as the player and United could make an approach for his signature at the start of the next year.
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