Arsenal Complete The Signing of Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid
Arsenal have agreed terms with Real Madrid over the signing of Nuri Şahin on a one-year loan. The deal is reported to include a buy-out-clause option worth in the region of £14 million.
The deal will see Şahin on wages of €2.8m however, there has been conflicting reports regarding the details of the buy-out-clause and even whether it has been removed from the contract during the finalization of the terms.
The transfer marks the end of a lengthy negotiation process stretching back over a month since we first broke the story of Arsenal's interest in Şahin on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012.
The Turkish international first caught the eye of Arsene Wenger in the 2005 U-17 World Cup in Peru. Wenger described the young midfielder, saying, "Şahin is one of the greatest U-18 talents in world football."
Şahin went on to win the Bronze Ball and Silver Shoe awards for his impressive performances in the Turkish national team shirt and lifted the UEFA European U-17 Championships the same season.
The Turkish international made his debut for Borussia Dortmund aged just 16, becoming the youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund coach Bert van Marwijk played Şahin alongside current Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
Şahin joined van Marwijk when he left Dortmund to take over at Feyenoord as part of a loan deal. He went on to lift the Dutch cup with the De Stadionclubin in 2008.
Jürgen Klopp reintroduced Şahin to the Dortmund side the following season and in 2010-11 he played a key role in helping Die Borussen lift the Bundesliga title and was named player of the season.
Şahin joined Real Madrid amid high hopes when he signed for €8 million, last summer. However, a string of unfortunate injuries had him sidelined for much of the season.
The young midfielder is also known to be a long term admirer of Arsene Wenger, in 2010 Şahin gave an interview to German television channel Deutsche-Welle saying, "Arsene Wegner is one of the best trainers in the world.
"At that time I was one of the most talented youngster's in Europe, if he said that it makes me happy.
"I want to ask him, 'Is it true what you were reported to have said and that you wanted me?' and maybe we can work together."
Arsenal and Real Madrid are expected to officially confirm the within the next few days.