Arsenal joined the race for AC Milan first-team star

Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly set to go head-to-head in a bid to land AC Milan playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu.

According to a recent report by Sky Italia, talks between Calhanoglu and the club have broken down and are currently in a state of impasse.

The report says that the Turkey international is demanding a deal worth €5 million a year without bonuses.

However, the board are said to be offering €4 million and it remains to be seen whether an agreement can be reached upon.

The 27-year-old star will be out of contract at the San Siro in the summer, which means he will be free to talk with other sides and AC Milan could lose him for free this summer.

Several clubs across the continent are keenly monitoring the star’s situation, with Juventus are said to be keen on making a move for the player.

However, the Gunners and the Blues have reportedly gone further by making initial contact with Hakan’s representatives.

Mikel Arteta’s side have been in need of a permanent playmaker ever since the Mesut Ozil debacle. The arrival of youngster Martin Odegaard in January appears to have solved this problem.

However, he is currently on loan from Real Madrid, and if Arsenal are unable to secure a permanent transfer for the player, a move for Hakan could be on the cards.