Newcastle United are interested in Inter Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato Web.
Central midfielder Calhanoglu only joined Inter last summer, making a cross-city move from AC Milan as a free agent.
And he’s actually been heavily involved so far this season, starting five of Inter’s six Serie A matches as well as their Champions League Group C opener against Bayern Munich.
The report states that Inter are ready to sell Calhanoglu if they receive ‘the right offer’.
The Nerazzurri apparently value him in the region of €30million, which equates to £26million.
Calhanoglu has been ‘in the sights’ of Newcastle ‘in recent months’, with other Premier League sides interested too.
Significantly, Inter already have a replacement lined up in Atalanta’s Ruslan Malinovskyi.
Calhanoglu boasts a fairly strong record for Inter, scoring or assisting 23 goals in 53 appearances for the club (9G, 14A).
And it’s a signing that could seriously excite Newcastle fans given the Turkish midfielder’s flair for the spectacular.
Since the start of the 2014/15 season, he’s scored 20 goals from outside the penalty area and, over the course of his career as a whole, he’s netted 24 direct free-kicks. To put that into perspective, Kieran Trippier has just eight for club and one for country.
His scarcely believable dead-ball effort in Hamburg’s 3-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in 2014 has been viewed 5.2 million times on YouTube.
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