by Dan Kilpatrick
New twist in Sahin saga.
The Sahin saga still hasn’t been put to rest, although a resolution appears to be around the corner. In the end the Turk’s final destination seems to be Liverpool, where his agent, Reza Fazeli, travelled to meet the Anfield club’s hierarchy and iron out the details of the deal.
On Monday Sahin’s representative went to the Bernabéu firm in his conviction to take the Turk to Arsenal. Wenger had persuaded the player to move to the Emirates, but Madrid changed the course of events when it told the playmaker that the Gunners were unwilling to accept a loan deal and were pushing for a permanent transfer. Neither Madrid nor Sahin himself were happy with this arrangement.
Marca, a publication with traditionally strong links to Real Madrid, has claimed that midfielder Nuri Sahin is now set for Liverpool, despite Arsenal appearing on the verge of completing a loan for the Turk on Wednesday.
The Premier League giants have been battling it out for the 23-year-old for the past month but it’s still not clear where he will end up.
Some reports have suggested that Sahin will only move to a club in the Champions League, making the Gunners clear favourites, while others have claimed that Real would prefer him to join a club outside Europe’s elite competition, giving Liverpool the upper-hand.
There have been suggestions that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ previous relationship with Real coach Jose Mourinho might help seal a deal for Sahin but there have also been counter-claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has personally intervened to ensure the former Borussia Dortmund star chooses north London over Merseyside. Quite simply, who knows what’s going on?
To make things even more complicated, Mourinho hinted early this week that Tottenham were still in the running for Sahin, saying: “I don’t care whether he goes to Arsenal, or Liverpool or Tottenham.”
Sahin is thought to have turned down a move to White Hart Lane but don’t rule out Spurs. Is it possible that the reason Sahin is yet to move clubs is because he is being used as a makeweight in the protracted deal to take Luka Modric to the Bernebeu?