MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 20: Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid looks on during the round of last 16 Copa del Rey second leg match between Real Madrid and Ponferradina at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Nuri Sahin's future. The former Dortmund player struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid. It seemed as if Nuri Sahin was on his way out, especially when he didn't fly with the rest of the team to Barcelona for the first leg of the Supercopa.
But apparently, he's not going to Arsenal.
It seems as if Liverpool beat Arsenal to the player's signature after the Gunners and Madrid were caught at a deadlock regarding a buy-back clause. And the BBC reports that the difference was the Reds have offered to pay a larger portion of the Turkish international's wages.
Some other British media believes that Arsenal's offer was around 2M€, while
The Guardian also reported on the seemingly imminent move, and wrote that Sahin will arrive for a medical at Merseyside before Liverpool's upcoming match against Manchester City. The move will have to be completed before 12 noon CET today if he is to feature.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers spoke about the move:
"Hopefully in the next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that. It's quite far along. He's a very good footballer."
This will be a good victory for the Reds in their attempt to strengthen the midfield, as for Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger, he's going to be searching quickly for a replacement as the transfer window rapidly draws to a close.
This could be a great move for Sahin if he can regain the form he had at Dortmund. He has the opportunity to feature heavily in the Reds' midfield and become an influential player at the club. If this move is completed, we all wish him the best of luck.
Where do you think Sahin could make the greatest impact?
Liverpool (458 votes)
Arsenal (33 votes)
I hate this. He should stay at Madrid. (24 votes)
515 total votes