At the moment Real Madrid’s cast-offs seem to be doing the rounds in the rumour mill. A week or so ago Madrid’s ‘forgotten gem’ Nuri Sahin was linked to Manchester United in a move that would provide cover for the gaping hole in their squad that would evolve in Paul Scholes’ absence. Now Nuri Sahin has found himself linked to the Gunners. According to talkSPORT Arsenal were interested in Sahin back in his Borussia Dortmund days but failed to compete with Real Madrid for his signature.
The belief is that now he’s found himself ostracised at Madrid, Arsenal are looking to provide him with an escape route. But is he the kind of signing Arsenal need and would Real Madrid be willing to sell?
It’d take an extremely unreasonable man to keep Sahin at Real Madrid. The Turkish international has seen his career reach a standstill at Madrid after having made just one La Liga appearance this term. This is all the more disappointing considering the fact that he was widely held to be one of world football’s brightest young talents just a year ago. What he really needs is game time so that he can continue along the path to becoming a super star, not to bide his time on the bench.
As a result, there’s sure to be heavy competition for his signature this summer. Along with Manchester United and Arsenal, cash-rich Malaga are thought to be interested and they certainly have the capital to engage in a bidding war.
At 23-years-old, he’s all set to enter the peak of his career. Yes he’s effectively had a year chipped out of his progression, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a remarkably talented young player. Whilst the Gunners have a pretty congested midfield, I’m not sure that the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta or Alex Song (though his through-balls this season have been a sight to behold) over the same level of creativity.
He has the potential to add another option to a talented, but sometimes frustrating Arsenal midfield. But with Arsene Wenger, it’s always going to come down to the price.
Real Madrid only had to pay £8m for Sahin (compare that to what Goetze’s priced at nowadays!) so you’d figure they’d be willing to let him go for a similar price. The only trouble Arsenal have is the danger of big-spending clubs like Malaga getting involved. At the moment neither club has guaranteed Champions League football next summer so it could just come down to money.
As much as I’d like to see Sahin at the Emirates, it’s important to be realistic. He’s got great potential, but Arsenal are never going to engage in a big transfer battle for him.
What’s your take? Can you see this transfer happening or will Wenger steer clear?
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