Arsenal look to have beaten Liverpool to the punch for Nuri Sahin, with the Real Madrid midfielder agreeing a one year loan deal to make the move to the Emirates this summer.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been heavily linked with the unsettled Turkish international, and it appeared as though the Merseyside club had got their man last week thanks to manager Brendan Rodger’s relationship with Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who he worked under at Chelsea.
However Arsenal have stolen a march on their rivals thanks to the input of Arsene Wenger, who reportedly made a call to Sahin personally in order to convince him to make the move to north London – despite Liverpool offering the better financial package.
The player himself has reportedly always preferred a move to Arsenal who can offer him Champions League football, however Mourinho was said to have been pushing him in the direction of Liverpool.
The Gunners will pay a fee of around £2 million to take Sahin on loan for this season, and the 23-year-old will act as a replacement for the out-going Alex Song, who is expected to be announced as a Barcelona player tomorrow morning.
It is believed Arsenal could have the option to secure Sahin on a permanent basis after his year-long loan, although the details of the deal have yet to be confirmed.