Transfer News Today: Chelsea eye best free-kick taker in the world & Spurs plot move for Atletico star


Chelsea line up Bundesliga talent

Famed for his incredible free-kicks, it is a strange anomaly that none of the true European elite have made a move for Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu.

Incredibly the Turkish playmaker is still just 22 years old and has already become one of the most influential players in the Bundesliga. The former Hamburg man has scored five times in all competitions this year, and has laid on six assists for his team-mates.

The Blues have been missing a set piece specialist this term, with Willian not a regular starter, and Conte is keen to add a player who can ease the creative burden on Eden Hazard. Calhanoglu would not come cheap and still has two and a half years left on his deal at Leverkusen but could prove to be one of the division’s best attacking forces under Antonio Conte. 

 

German midfielder set for north London

Arsenal and Tottenham are always the bitterest of rivals on the pitch but with the recent rise of the former, the two are destined to clash in the transfer market and it appears that they are set to go toe-to-toe for German midfield star Maximilian Philipp.

The Freiburg man was a key cog in the club’s promotion to the Bundesliga last term and he has continued that impressive form in the top flight. The Hertha Berlin youth product has represented Germany at U21 level and is becoming well known for his wonder goals.

His value is up for debate, but it seems that he would cost either of the north London clubs in the region of £10m, a drop in the ocean in the current market, something that will no doubt appeal to Arsene Wenger.

 

Spurs target Argentine winger

Tottenham are clearly in the market for some attacking flair and they are lining up an interesting loan move for the supremely talented Nicolas Gaitan.

The Argentine was a real star at Benfica and was heavily monitored by Manchester United, who supposedly tried to sign him on numerous occasions, but he made the switch to Ateltico Madrid in the summer, where he has failed to make a rea; impact.

The 28-year-old has started just three La Liga matches and is eager to get on the pitch and show his worth. However, Diego Simeone does not want to let him go, as he sees the player as key in the second half of the campaign but Mauricio Pochettino believes his links with El Cholo can help him get his man.