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Nuri Sahin: Liverpool Set to Hijack Arsenal's Bid for Real Madrid Midfielder

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid warms up during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Malaga CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2012

One way or another, Nuri Sahin is destined for the Premier League.

Earlier this week, reports suggested the Turkish midfielder had completed a switch to Arsenal (via The Daily Mail). As ever, Arsene Wenger's side appear to be doing things the hard way.

It appears the manager's insistence on signing Sahin permanently has significantly stalled progress.

This will be welcome news to Liverpool fans.

Brendan Rodgers is set to hijack the player from under Wenger's nose (via The Daily Mail), as the Gunners turn their attention to landing a holding midfielder in the wake of Alex Song's departure (via London Evening Standard).

For Rodgers, the acquisition of Sahin would be a huge coup. The Liverpool boss has already ushered Alberto Aquilani back to Serie A and currently has a midfield that is lacking creative options.

Although Aquilani failed to shine in his Anfield tenure, his ability to carve out chances with precision passing is something the club need to find quickly.

Before joining Real Madrid, Sahin was one of the hottest prospects in Europe. He played a vital role in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga success, scoring four goals and providing eight assists in 32 starts.

Limited chances at the Bernabeu have halted his growth over the past year, ensuring he'll be keen to make an impression wherever he moves.

With players such as Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen at the club, Liverpool would be a fitting destination for Sahin. Between the three, a certain spark and tidiness would be installed within the side.

This is something Rodgers built his career around at Swansea. After last weekend's 3-0 defeat against West Brom, the fans will be willing him to land someone of Sahin's ability.

Liverpool's owners will be hesitant to spend big cash on any of Rodgers' targets, especially after bringing in Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing for inflated fees. Sahin's wages and a minor sum would have to be paid, but this is a tiny price for a player of his potential.

If Rodgers can snag Sahin away from the Emirates, he might just nab himself a summer bargain.

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