Transfer News: Tottenham Hotspur could sign Inter Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu if three conditions are met
Tottenham Hotspur could sign Inter Milan’s Hakan Calhanoglu if three conditions are met. Spurs have apparently been linked with the Turkish playmaker, who joined Inter from AC Milan in the summer of 2021.
According to InterLive (h/t the Express), firstly, Spurs would have to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in order to boost their chances of signing Calhanoglu. Secondly, the future of Pierre-Emerick Hojbjerg could decide the deal.
The Danish defensive midfielder doesn’t seem to be in Ange Postecoglou’s plans and his exit could make space for the Inter star’s arrival. Not to mention, it could raise cash to add to the transfer kitty and free space on the wage bill.
And thirdly, Tottenham would have to pay I Nerazzurri‘s asking price of £43.6million for the 29-year-old. That seems to be a bit high given the player is nearing his 30s.
But then again, his contract runs until the summer of 2027. Calhanoglu is a dead-ball specialist who excels in the final third with his creative playmaking skills.
Making sense of the deal
But don’t we already have James Maddison for that, a player we signed for a decent fee from Leicester City just this summer? Not to mention, the English international is still just 26 years old.
If Champions League qualification is a big consideration for Calhanoglu, then surely playing time would be as well. If we can’t fit him in the starting XI under Ange Postecoglou, it doesn’t make much sense to sign him.
There is no doubt that he will add bags of quality to the team with his passing range, vision, and dead-ball ability. But there has to be a way to fit him into the team.
The three conditions are pretty straight forward. We are currently top of the league, Hojbjerg could consider leaving given his status under Postecoglou, and the transfer fee isn’t the biggest in the world. But there is a lot that can change within the coming months.
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Can he fit in as a central midfielder in the Rodrigo Bentancur role? He could. And that is where things will get interesting if Postecoglou finds a way to fit both the Turkey international and Maddison into his team.