By Jamie Sanderson
Sahin has been told he can leave Real Madrid on a season-long loan this summer, after failing to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s plans, making just 10 appearances following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of Sahin, and made contact with Madrid over a deal last week.
He has since spoken to the player, who is keen to move to the Emirates Stadium.
However, the negotiations have stalled with Sahin currently with the Madrid squad in the United States, while Arsenal have been busy tying up Santi Cazorla’s £12 million switch from Malaga.
That has opened the door for other sides, but despite Manchester United, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Besiktas also making enquiries over Sahin’s availability, the Gunners are hopeful they will be able to pull off the deal.
The main sticking point on the transfer is Madrid’s insistence on a hefty loan fee, while Arsenal would also like an option to be added to make the loan a permanent arrangement in 12 months time.
Madrid are willing to lower their fee demands, but are refusing to allow any kind of clause in the contract over Sahin’s long-term future, although they may grant Arsenal the first option to buy, if he is sold in future.
Sahin, who has twice snubbed a move to Tottenham in the last fortnight, has impressed in a utility role for Madrid in pre-season, but is keen to move on loan in a bid to convince Mourinho he can be a quality option in central midfield.
The 23-year-old currently has five years left to run on his Real contract.