Arsenal close to clinching Nuri Sahin deal
Arsenal are close to securing a loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Şahin.
The main sticking point is Arsenal wanting a purchase option, Real have been reluctant to give the London club a future transfer clause as they see Şahin as being part of their long-term plans.
Madrid-based British columnist Sid Lowe told Talksport, "I would put money on Şahin being on loan in the Premier League next season, probably at Arsenal."
Also German journalist Raphael Honigstein told ESPN today, "Speaking to someone very close to Şahin today, I get the feeling there is a loan deal very much in place.
"I think the club they are close to is playing in North london."
The recent developments are in contrast to Arsene Wenger's recent comments regarding an imminent move for Sahin.
Wenger replied to Spanish reports claiming a deal had been reached by saying, “We did not sign anybody today, this report is wrong.
"We are not signing anybody at the moment – we are not close.
"In the future you never know.”
Arsenal have been monitoring the situation closely, having been linked with Şahin over the past month.
Şahin faces an uncertain future at Real, the 23-year-old midfielder has fallen down the pecking order following injuries which ruled him out for much of last season.
The 23-year-old playmaker will face additional competition as the transfer of Luka Modric looks increasingly likely.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho hinted that Sahin could be on his way out. Mouriho recently said, "I want to be honest and Sahin is living in this grey zone because the market is open.
"If the possibility arises for him to go to another place it would be better for him to leave and to be able to have more minutes on the pitch."
Şahin has made a full recovery from the injury problems which plagued him last season.
The Galactico was in good form for the Turkish national side, playing in five internationals over the course of two weeks at the end of May.
The Turkish international joined Real Madrid amid high hopes when he signed for €8 million, last summer. However, after missing pre-season and being ruled out due to injury he was rarely used by Jose Mourinho.
Şahin made his debut for Borussia Dortmund aged just 16, becoming the youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga.
The midfield playmaker went on to win the Dutch cup with Feyenoord under the management of Bert van Marwijk in 2007-08.
Şahin has also lifted the UEFA European U-17 Championships with the Turkish national team, and played a key role in helping Dortmund win the 2010-11 Bundesliga title.