Liverpool to sign Sahin after Arsenal move breaks down

Liverpool expect to sign Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on loan after talks over a move to Arsenal broke down, the Guardian has reported. Sahin had wanted to play for a club in the Champions League but the Gunners could not finalise terms with the Spanish side, one of a number of factors that tipped the balance towards Brendan Rodgers and not Arsene Wenger.

For their part, Madrid were keen to see Sahin move to a club that was not in the Champions League, to remove the risk of the player helping one of their rivals for the competition. The Guardian adds that Liverpool will also pay a greater proportion of Sahin’s £120,000 per week wage, while Rodgers’ relationship with Madrid Coach Jose Mourinho – from their time as colleagues at Chelsea – also played a part in the decision of the club.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to have been insistent on a clause in the loan deal that would have allowed them to sign Sahin in a year’s time if the temporary move was a success. Madrid baulked at such a stipulation, while Wenger was also looking for a more defensive option once Alex Song moved to Barcelona, the newspaper added.

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