Arsenal are said to be on the verge of securing a season-long deal for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.
The Turkish international secured a move to the Bernabeu last summer from Borussia Dortmund after being named Bundesliga player of the year, but injury wrecked his maiden campaign and now reports in Spain suggest he could be shipped out on loan to regain sharpness next season.
Sahin was initially touted as a potential makeweight in the deal that would take Luka Modric from Madrid to Tottenham, however the player himself appeared unwilling to make the move to White Hart Lane.
Manchester United have also been touted as potential suitors but Arsenal appear to be in the driving seat to land him next summer, with Marca saying the 23-year-old is on his way to London to wrap up a deal - although they have sinced change the story, removing any mention of the Gunners.
If Arsenal do manage to land the talented midfielder it would seemingly put paid to rumours linking them with a move for Malaga’s Santi Cazorla, while also cast doubts over the fitness of Jack Wilshere, who hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since last summer.
If Arsenal do manage to conclude a deal for Sahin, it would represent their third signing of the summer after Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski signed on the dotted line earlier in the transfer window.