Arsenal race to sign 'the new Mesut Ozil'

Hakan Calhanoglu

Hakan Calhanoglu has caught the eye of Arsenal, Liverpool and Galatasaray

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:16 ON Tue 10 Dec 2013

SURELY there's only one Mesut Ozil? Not according to the Daily Express, which claims Arsenal and Liverpool are tussling for the "new Mesut Ozil", otherwise known as Hakan Calhanoglu.  

It seems the 19-year-old midfielder is making waves in the Bundesliga after a string of eye-catching performances for Hamburg and now the teenage Turkish international is being tailed by Arsenal and their Premier League rivals.

The Express says both the Reds and the Gunners "have had Calhanoglu watched" in recent weeks, but so have Galatasaray and the Turkish club could be the first to swoop for the playmaker.

Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuzer has made no secret of his desire to keep Calhanoglu, but told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper: "Of course, every player has a price."

What that price might be Kreuzer didn't confide, but it's said Hamburg would want around £15m for a player they believe has the potential to become as good as Ozil. Calhanoglu recently told Turkish media of his ambitions, boldly declaring: "My goal is to play at Hamburg and eventually join a club in England or Spain in the future."

Still with Arsenal and the Daily Star would have us believe that Toni Sanabria has taken a step closer to joining the Premier League pace-setters by rejecting a new deal with Barcelona. The paper says that Sanabria has "decided to quit Barcelona and opt for talks with a foreign club", and it is a straight shootout between Arsenal and Italian outfit Roma.

The 17-year-old has yet to make up his mind about which club to join but it's reckoned he could come as cheap as £4m. The Paraguayan striker was offered the chance to extend his stay at the Camp Nou but the Star says he is now on the market and Arsenal are favourites to land him "having sent out transfer dealmaker Dick Law" to Spain to help in negotiations.

Meanwhile the Evening Standard reports that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will this week "lose his battle" to persuade Kevin de Bruyne to remain loyal to the Blues. Though Mourinho has shown little faith in the Belgium international so far this season - giving him just four starts - the Standard says De Bruyne remains in his manager's thoughts.

But it seems that's not enough for the midfielder who is in talks with his agent about a fresh start where he will be guaranteed regular first team football. In recent weeks the 22-year-old de Bruyne has been mooted as a possible target for German club Wolfsburg because of the presence of sporting director Klaus Allofs, a man De Bruyne has worked with in the past at Werder Bremen.
Finally Espn.Brasil carries the news that Everton Ribeiro has said he's the man to rescue Manchester United from possible relegation. With the reigning Premier League champions in disarray, the Brazilian playmaker claims he can bring order to Old Trafford.

Currently with Cruzeiro, the 24-year-old Ribeiro told Espn: "I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack." Asked if there was the possibility of a move to Manchester in the New Year, the midfield magician replied: "I let my agent and Cruzeiro talk about that. When they feel it's good for both parties, they will let me know. I'll see and we'll analyse everything." · 

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