Arsenal enter the battle to sign No.10 Serie A playmaker

Arsenal and Chelsea have entered the battle to sign Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu on a free transfer in the summer, according to reports in Italy.

Turkey international has notched up two goals and eight assists for second-placed Rossoneri in Serie A this term but there stays uncertainty over the playmaker’s future given he’s out of deal in under three months time.

And while Milan are keen to extend Hakan’s stay, the attacker is demanding €1m more a year than the figure he’s currently being offered and talks have hit a stalemate. Gunners and Blues have been keeping close tabs on recent developments and have approached Calhanoglu’s entourage with offers over the last few hours.

Both clubs are languishing outside of the PL top four with eight matches remaining of the 2020/21 season and are determined to bolster in midfield for the new campaign.

However, the reports adds that Juventus are also ‘thinking very seriously about a move and are in pole position to wrap up a deal should Rossoneri fail to reach a deal in the coming weeks. As it stands, the proposals sent by Gunners and Chelsea do not match what Juve are prepared to offer the 27-year-old attacker, a renowned free-kick specialist.

Calhanoglu has been tight-lipped regarding his deal situation at the San Siro but made no secret of his desire to one day represent Galatasaray when pressed on his future ambitions during the recent international break. ‘I cheer for them,’ he told reporters before Turkey’s World Cup qualifying victory over the Netherlands last month.