Nuri Sahin had looked certain to be joining Arsenal and linking up with Arsene Wenger who had tried to recruit him before he moved to La Liga last summer. There's been talk of medicals and sections of the English press had assumed he'd be training with the London club by now but the deal hit a problem, allowing Liverpool to come back into the picture.
Marca now say that a move to Merseyside is the more likely option and that Nuri Sahin hopes and expects a deal to be concluded soon, allowing to end the uncertainty surrounding his season.
Yesterday Jose Mourinho said he couldn't care less who Sahin joins in the Premier League on loan but the hitches in the deal are unlikely to be purely down to the Turkish international. Arsenal were his first choice according to the Spanish media, the previous contact with Arsene Wenger no doubt helping, so if it were surely about Sahin choosing his club then he'd probably already be an Arsenal player.
Real Madrid have said repeatedly that they don't want to lose the player long term and Nuri Sahin doesn't want a permanent move either. Arsenal's insistence on having a provision for that at the end of a loan deal could be what the problem is. In turn Real Madrid place an unrealistic amount on Sahin's head to convert a loan to a permanent transfer, and that's probably how we've ended up at this situation.
Liverpool, in their current position, are practicing something of the 'beggars can't be choosers' mentality and are happy for any deal to be purely a loan. Sahin's agent has spoken to Liverpool again this week, following the issues with Arsenal, and such is the desire on the player's and Madrid's side to get something done quickly that Anfield now appears to be his most likely destination.
Unless Arsenal and Real Madrid can resolve their differences on this sharpish, Sahin is likely to be playing for Liverpool this season.
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