The Gunners were pipped to the signing of Norwich’s Emiliano Buendia by Aston Villa on Monday and are now pursuing other transfer targets.
Calhanoglu will officially become a free agent on June 30 once his contract at Milan expires, and the fact he’ll be available on a free may appeal to the cash-strapped Gunners. James Benge of CBS Sports revealed on Monday that the former Bayer Leverkusen star is a player Arsenal are considering a move for.
The 27-year-old is part of the Turkey squad who will participate at Euro 2020, and so fans of the north London club will no doubt be watching him closely after being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The former Gunners correspondent for Football.London claims the Turkish international is being looked at as a target if the London club can’t agree a deal for Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard:
Another target who Arsenal are understood to have broached internally is Hakan Calhanoglu, out of contract with AC Milan this summer. He is an option, not clear how high on the list he might be but expectation is he’s an alternative to Odegaard.
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) June 7, 2021
As Benge mentions, Calhanoglu will be available on a free transfer at the end of this month. He has not signed a new contract with Milan despite playing a key role for the Rossoneri last season, scoring nine goals and providing 12 assists in 43 appearances.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus have also been linked with the 27-year-old over the past few months, but it doesn’t seem like he is close to making a decision on his future at the moment.
The fact Calhanoglu is available for nothing may well make him an attractive target, as it would then free up funds for manager Mikel Arteta to strengthen other areas of the pitch.