In every transfer window, summer or winter, Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s name suddenly appears in the final week, usually linked with a big money move to the Premier League.
How it usually works is the reports get a foothold in Germany and/or Turkey, that understandably excites the English media and then for days there’s claims a deal is possible.
On transfer deadline day, Çalhanoğlu’s name is often mentioned and he’s wheeled out as the free-kick king, with his best efforts shown on TV and shared on social media by excited fans.
Last summer it was Manchester United who were linked at the end of the transfer window with a €36m move.
Also last summer, when Heung-Min Son moved from Bayer Leverkusen to Tottenham Hotspur late in the window, Çalhanoğlu wasn’t happy at all. He claimed the South Korean was wrong to take advice from his father and had disappointed those he used to play with. It was a little rich considering that Çalhanoğlu himself had joined Bayer Leverkusen in controversial circumstances.
It gave a chance for Çalhanoğlu to express his loyalty, and this seems to be a repeated situation too. Germany’s Sport1 have contacted the player’s entourage after claims it was possible he could move to Tottenham for €25m.
The answer Sport1 got was that camp Çalhanoğlu know nothing of it. We’re pretty sure we haven’t heard the last of this.