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Confirmed: Liverpool and Chelsea target will not sign a new deal

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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin's future has been cast into doubt, alerting the interest of Liverpool and Chelsea according to talkSPORT.

The 22-year-old Turkish international is set to be dumped by Dortmund, who are lining up a replacement for Sahin in the form of £4million rated German Under-21 international Ilkay Gundogan.

Skysports.com previously reported how the Bundesliga leaders failed to reach an agreement over a new deal for the talented midfielder.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke stated, "We would have loved to extend his contract at our club.

"We have not been able achieve this however. We have been in talks, but there is no agreement on its way."


 

Despite being contracted until 2013, Sahin is now poised to leave Signal Iduna Park at the end of the season for a set fee reported to be around £5million.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is known to be in the market for midfield recruits this summer, and has planned a bid to bring Sahin to Anfield when the transfer window reopens in June.

The Reds boss is said to have deployed Liverpool scouts to Germany to run the rule over Sahin in Dortmund’s recent Bundesliga victory over Freiburg.

Subsequently the game may prove to be the last time Sahin will play this season, after suffering damaged ligaments he is expected to be out for around six week's effectively ending his campaign prematurely.

Despite the setback, Liverpool are still reportedly interested in pursuing the target, which would suggest Reds scouts had seen enough to step up their attempts to bring him to Anfield in the summer.

Chelsea will provide competition for Sahin's signature in the summer as Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti goes about the task of rebuilding his ageing Stamford Bridge squad at the request of owner Roman Abramovich.

A recent return to form has given Chelsea an outside chance of retaining the Barclays Premier League title this season, but it's the Champions League trophy that continues to elude the Blues, and has caused Abramovich to order a change in tact, with more emphasis placed on youth.

Signing Sahin would represent that shift in focus, as Chelsea continue their search across Europe to bring a number of exciting young prospects to Stamford Bridge to ensure a bright long-term future.

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