Liverpool have reportedly beaten Arsenal to the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.
New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly urged Anfield officials to move quickly in the hope of hijacking the Gunners move to sign the Turkish international on a season-long loan, according to The Guardian.
The relationship between Real manager Jose Mourinho and Rodgers has reportedly helped the deal to go through, due to the Portuguese’s admiration for the Northern Irishman as a coach.
Rodgers was reserve manager when Mourinho was at Chelsea and the two struck up a good relationship, which the report claims has had a positive impact on the deal, as well as Liverpool’s willingness to pay a greater proportion of the 23-year-old’s wages.
Sahin made a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund, where he was an important part in the first of their two successive Bundesliga titles.
He has struggled with injury and form since moving to Spain and Mourinho is now prepared to let him leave, with a view to a permanent transfer.