The Turkish youngster has been a key player for the German strugglers this season, helping himself to 11 goals in 32 Bundesliga outings.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who can also play out wide, has also been linked with Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen, but is believed to prefer a move to the Premier League.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen to move for a new midfielder after the departure of Frank Lampard was confirmed by the club, and believes Calhanoglu ticks all the boxes he's looking for in the centre of the park.

Arsene Wenger is well aware that the Gunners need more dynamism and drive to counteract the defensive instincts of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, and wants Calhanoglu to keep Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere on their toes as the Frenchman aims to keep pace in the race for the title next season.

Calhanoglu is determined to make a switch as quickly as possible, and believes that a move to the right club could see him emulate the likes of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.