Arsenal are reportedly close to signing Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on loan this season after it was revealed earlier in the summer transfer window that Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was open to sending the 23-year-old out on loan.
The Guardian reported earlier in the month that Mourinho told Arsenal he would not stand in their way if they came for Sahin—seemingly inviting the club to acquire the midfielder for the 2012/13 English Premier League season.
And according to Sky Sports, it seems Arsene Wenger has done exactly that and will pick up the midfielder on loan for this year, with a deal to be announced formally by the club in the near future.
Sky sports sources understands that a deal has been agreed for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin to move to Arsenal.
An agreement has now been reached between Arsenal and Real and the move could happen before the weekend if Sahin wants to make the switch to Emirates Stadium.
Classy midfielder Sahin has struggled at Real since arriving in 2011 but could be consider the final piece of Arsenal's summer redesign, which has seen significant changes in personnel in London.
The Daily Mail also report news on the deal, stating that a one-year lone deal has been agreed upon between the two clubs and that Sahin will be making his move to the English Premier League some time this week.
To add further weight to this deal being true, Arsenal have sold midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona (per BBC Sport), and Real Madrid have reportedly finally signed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric over the summer transfer window—at least according to their own website (per The Daily Mirror).
A midfielder into Real Madrid, a midfielder out of Arsenal—a Sahin deal seems to work and fit for both parties involved in this deal.
The acquisition of Sahin caps off a huge summer for the Gunners, who have brought in Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and now Sahin into their attack—most of whom will be trying to fill the void that is left by the departure of Robin van Persie.
If what the reports from various sources indicate is indeed true, an official announcement can be expected from both clubs in the near future.
Have Arsenal done the right thing in signing Nuri Sahin?
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