Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has today taken to Twitter and AS.com to announce that Liverpool are signing Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid.
According to Balague, new Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers is intent of creating a Liverpool midfield who are experts at ball retention and passing. In that vain the Anfielders have already swooped for Joe Allen to play along Lucas Leiva, and now Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin is set to be on his way from Real Madrid.
As explained by Balague in AS:
Sahin has rejected the opportunity to be part of the Luka Modric deal, but after weeks of talking to Xabi Alonso he has learned of the benefits of going to Liverpool: a special club where he could play regularly. Apparently Xabi’s work is paying off and Sahin seems convinced… Ian Ayre, executive director of the English club, is in Spain because he and Rodgers believe Sahin (and perhaps Barcelona’s Cristian Tello) can both be signed.
Sahin’s presumed availability stems from a difficult first season in Spain for the Turk.
Signed from Borussia Dortmund for €10 million last summer, the 23-year-old picked up a knee injury during last pre-season 2011, and that setback restricted him to only ten appearances last campaign. That disparate involvement, combined with the fact that Real hardly missed Sahin as they won La Liga, has fuelled belief that he is surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho.
One season on the sidelines has not dampened belief that Nuri Sahin is a world-class box-to-box midfielder. At Dortmund Sahin matured into the heartbeat of Germany’s best and most attractive team. Playing as one of two holding midfielders, he helped set the tempo whilst pitching in with the odd sublime goal or two.
Below is a compilation of Nuri Sahin’s 2011-12 Real Madrid highlights: