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Sunderland favourites to sign Calhanoglu


Sunderland are reportedly on the verge of signing Bayern Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu

The Turkey international looks set for a move to the North-East club, according to the Metro.

The Leverkusen midfielder was attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool but the Black Cats now appeared to have won the race for the 21-year-old’s signature.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is hoping the signing of Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul will show they have the financial muscle to compete with the big teams, according to reports.

Calhanoglu, who scored eight goals in 33 games last season, possesses incredible ability from a dead ball situation – the midfielder once netted an impressive 35-yard free kick against Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool and Arsenal interest

The Gunners are reportedly keen on the Leverkusen midfielder with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looking to strengthen his midfield options.

The French coach is also confident of bringing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal to the club, after Bayern Munich reportedly denied they had agreed a £28million deal for the Chile international.

The Bundesliga giants had looked to sign the South American midfielder to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger who joined Manchester United earlier this week, according to reports.

Life after Sterling

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Leverkusen youngster after the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49million.

Sterling, who scored seven goals in 35 games last season, completed the move earlier this and signed a five-year deal with City.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident of finding a quality replacement and further looking to bolster his attacking options with a £32.5million bid for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.

The Reds had previously been unwilling to meet the buy-out clause in the Belgium international’s contract but now the 24-year-old looks set for a move to Anfield.

Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne




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