Bayer Leverkusen chairman Michael Schade has admitted the club will consider selling star players such as rumoured Manchester United target Hakan Calhanoglu if the right offer comes in.
Calhanoglu has earned positive reviews following some impressive displays for Leverkusen this term.
The attacking midfielder was linked with a move to Man United in the final days of the transfer window this summer but a deal never materialised. Schade insisted Leverkusen will be tempted to sell their prize assets if a large offer is made.
“We try to find talents as early as possible, we try to develop them and then we are going to sell them for a high price,” he said.
“We as Bayer Leverkusen can’t be as arrogant to say that we are creating world stars and they will retire here. If we are able to create a world star or international top player, then one day this player wants to play for one of the top clubs in the world, of course. What we can do is develop him and make him as expensive as possible.”
Calhanoglu is only 21 and he would fit Louis van Gaal’s profile of buying young, promising talents but I suppose the main question around him is whether we need another player whose favourite position is as an attacking midfielder.
United aren’t exactly short in the financial department and they will be encouraged by Schade’s comments. Along with Calhanoglu, United are said to be looking at players such as Gareth Bale, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Arjen Robben.