The Independent newspaper reports that Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to let midfielder Nuri Sahin leave the club. This could clear the way for Arsenal to seal a deal for the talented playmaker.
The Gunners have been linked with a loan move for Sahin by various outlets, including the Daily Mail. The 23-year-old is the exact kind of player Arsenal need.
A cultured midfielder, Sahin offers sure touch and natural technique. He is an accurate passer from deep positions and combines creativity and tenacity in central areas.
That's a blend Arsenal's midfield need, and Sahin would act as the perfect complement to Alex Song and Mikel Arteta. He would make the Gunners more assured in possession and add a touch of class to the general passing style.
Sealing a deal for Sahin, even if it's only on loan, would be a great move by manager Arsene Wenger. Yossi Benayoun's loan spell in 2011 proved to be an excellent move, as the skillful Israeli made some vital contributions during the season.
Wenger is swelling the midfield ranks of a squad that is shaping up to be a legitimate contender for the English Premier League crown. If Santi Cazorla signs from Malaga, adding Sahin would complete a superb summer of transfer activity from Wenger.
Their signings would give Arsenal a midfield with the quality and flair to make Wenger's adventurous and fluid style of play work. Sahin had a similar impact for Borussia Dortmund when they won the Bundesliga in 2011. He could do the same for the Gunners.