The Nuri Sahin saga will soon come to an end, but not in Arsenal’s favour.
Liverpool have today been given permission to work on signing the Turkish midfielder on a season-long loan after offering Real Madrid a £5 million loan fee, more than double the £2 million amount which Arsenal had settled with the Spanish club on Monday.
Over the past couple of weeks, the Gunners had been deemed very likely to snap up Sahin despite competition from Liverpool for the former Dortmund man.
Indeed, Arsenal were so confident of welcoming Sahin that a medical and photo shoot was scheduled for the 23-year-old earlier this week, but Madrid refused to settle for the insufficient transfer fee that Arsenal were willing to pay if Sahin’s move to north London was to be made permanent by next year.
Liverpool’s higher offer has persuaded Mourinho’s side who left Sahin out of the squad which lost 3-2 at the Camp Nou in the Spanish Super Cup first leg today.
The player himself is set to receive only a slight pay-cut from his current £115,000 wages should he complete the loan move to Anfield which was confirmed as being “likely to happen within the next 24 hours” by Liverpool boss Brandon Rodgers today.
Arsenal’s failure to land Nuri Sahin may be a good omen since Arsene Wenger is now likely to pursue a more natural defensive midfielder to replace Alex Song. A move for Rennes youngster Yann M’villa remains on the cards but there has been no official bid from Arsenal for the player yet.