Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Reds Likely to Lose Nuri Sahin to Arsenal

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIAugust 19, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 20: Nuri Sahin (R) of Real Madrid heads the ball to score Real's second goal during the round of last 16 Copa del Rey second leg match between Real Madrid and Ponferradina at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Liverpool will likely miss out on acquiring Nuri Sahin, despite offering Real Madrid more financial considerations for the Turkish midfielder.

ESPN’s Mike Whalley reported last week that manager Brendan Rogers was close to a loan deal agreement with Real for Sahin. That hasn’t materialized to this point, and it doesn’t look as though it is going to.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal has come to a financial agreement to send Sahin to the Emirates on a one-year loan. Sahin, 23, will help fill in the void left by Alex Song's recent departure to Barcelona.

Real has been adamant about retaining the rights to Sahin and only allowing him to leave as a rental. According to Kenny Gibson of, he is a large part of their future plans, but he could use a temporary change of scenery. Real Madrid’s coach, Jose Mourinho, said he needs to play somewhere else in order to prove himself.

If true, this move would leave Liverpool on the outside looking in as they attempt recover from a disappointing season. The Reds finished in eighth place last season. They nearly salvaged the year with a FA Cup victory, but fell just short to rival Chelsea.

A move for Sahin would not fix all of the woes plaguing the Reds, but it sure could help bandage and stop the bleeding they’re currently experiencing.

In the team’s opener against West Brom, Liverpool looked reminiscent of the team that has struggled the past couple seasons. Finishing has and continues to be a big question mark for the Reds.

While Sahin isn’t an accomplished striker, and he will not resolve those problems directly, he could help spark the scoring game with his sound technical and creative handling.

Hopefully, the rumors are false and the Reds still have a fighting chance to land the Turkish midfielder and strengthen their side.



Mike Hoag Jr. is a Trends and Traffic writer for Bleacher Report and also covers the Cleveland Browns and the NFL for the site. Follow him on Twitter @BigHoagowski.