An Al-Ahli attempt to sign Turkish international midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu could cause a serious headache for the Nerazzurri.

This according to today’s print edition of Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport, as reported via FCInterNews.

According to the report, the Saudi transfer window closes considerably later than in Serie A. This in turn means that a last-minute swoop for Calhanouglu could leave Inter without a replacement.

Typically, when a club loses an important player during the transfer window, they do so with some kind of a plan to replace them. Naturally, the closer the window gets to closing, the more difficult this is.

However, on paper, it should always be possible to replace a player. This is the case when a big sale happens between two clubs with the same timeline in terms of transfer windows.

How Transfer Window Deadlines Could Cause Inter An Al-Ahli – Hakan Calhanoglu Headache

There’s always been issues with clubs in Serie A, or any other league whose transfer deadline day is September 1st, selling to clubs in leagues with later deadlines.

The Turkish Super Lig is an example of such a situation.

On the one hand, these kinds of circumstances can be an opportunity for selling clubs. They can offload fringe or out-of-favour players for a fee after having failed to do so earlier in the window.

But it can also lead to situations where players get snapped up without the selling club having the chance to replace them. The Saudi Pro League’s transfer window closes on September 20.

This means nearly three weeks in which Saudi clubs can prospectively move for players from Europe. All without the selling clubs having a chance to replace them.

For this reason, Tuttosport reports, rumours of Al-Ahli interest in Calhanoglu could very well worry Inter.

However, so far no formal offer for Calhanoglu has been put forward.