Over the course of the summer Nuri Sahin has been linked with countless top flight clubs, with Arsenal and Liverpool said to be the main suitors of the player. Even though he was seemingly set for a move to the Gunners just several days ago, Brendan Rodgers has now announced that he is close to concluding a deal for the Turkish midfielder.
After being told that he no longer had a future at Real Madrid, there have been intense rumours surrounding Sahin for the past couple of months. However, after Arsenal sold Alex Song to Barcelona earlier this week, the general feeling was that Sahin would be brought in as a direct replacement. Not for the first time in this long-dwindled saga, it looks like there has once again been a change of plan.
According to Rodgers, the Reds are poised to announce the loan signing of Sahin in the next 24 hours. He told the official club website, “Hopefully in the next 24 hours we’ll get some confirmation on that. It’s quite far [along the line]. He’s a very good footballer.”
The signing of the 23-year-old would certainly be a welcome one, with Sahin still regarded as a hugely talented midfielder despite a disappointing spell at Madrid. At his previous club, Borussia Dortmund, he was regarded as one of the best players in Germany and actually picked up the award for the best player of the season in the Bundesliga in 2011.
Rodgers revealed the news immediately after the club’s narrow 1-0 victory over Hearts. Not for the first time in the Europa League, the Reds were far convincing and only secured victory thanks to a late own goal by the home side. However, with many of the club’s key players being left on Merseyside, Rodgers’ men can at least be forgiven for making hard work of the fixture.