By Jamie Sanderson
Real Madrid’s in-demand Nuri Sahin is set to decide on his future this week after Liverpool joined Arsenal in making a loan offer for the midfielder.
The Turkish international has been told he can leave the league champions on-loan after failing to establish himself in Jose Mourinho’s midfield, making just 10 appearances following his move from Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal had been in pole position to land Sahin last week, after manager Arsene Wenger personally phoned him to convince him to join the Gunners, but the talented playmaker has since had a plethora of offers from across Europe.
AC Milan, Lyon and Turkish duo Galatasaray and Besiktas have all been linked with moves, while Liverpool are understood to have made an offer over the weekend.
Sahin, who has been heavily involved with the Madrid squad in pre-season, is also considering staying at the Bernabeu, after impressing Mourinho whilst operating as a left-back on their tour of the United States.
A decision is expected sometime this week, with Sahin due to meet with his agent to discuss the future, but the Premier League and Arsenal looks the most likely destination at present.
The player is keen to move to England if he does opt to leave, and wants Champions League football, despite being drawn in by the history and tradition of Liverpool.
Gunners boss Wenger has already told Madrid he will happily cover Sahin’s wages for the season, but they are yet to agree terms on a loan fee.