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Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are ready to launch bids of £10million for playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu after Bundesliga giants Bayer Leverkusen confirmed they have already seen an initial offer rejected by his club Hamburg.
The 20-year-old Turkish international is one of the German league's biggest prospects after enjoying a fine season with HSV, making 32 appearances and scoring 11 times.
Leverkusen have already claimed that Calhanoglu has struck a verbal agreement with them, and CEO Michael Schade believes that Hamburg are in no doubt that the player wants to leave.
Arsenal and Chelsea are keen to add the versatile midfielder to their ranks, with Arsene Wenger believing that the youngster can make an instant impact in the Gunners' title challenge next season.
Jose Mourinho is in the process of rebuilding his squad following the release of veterans including Frank Lampard, and feels that Calhanoglu is the perfect replacement for the Stamford Bridge legend.
Brendan Rodgers made a personal trip to watch Calhanolgu last season, and has been advised by scouts to snap up the Turk after he finalises Adam Lallana's switch from Southampton.
However Leverkusen remain in pole position for his signature, and sporting director Rudi Voeller has revealed that his side are preparing to make a new bid after seeing their first offer turned away by HSV.
He said: "We are interested in Calhanoglu.
"We have already submitted a written offer to Hamburg. It's been refused for now, but will hopefully not be the last word."