Manchester United need a midfielder- Sahin is - or soon to be was- available, and is a former teammate of Shinji Kagawa, so why is it not happening?
The race to bring Nuri Sahin to the Premier League is on, and it is full of twists and turns, except Manchester United do not appear to be playing a part.
Jose Mourinho confirmed on Wednesday that three clubs are trying to secure the Turk's signature on loan for the season, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool.
The player appears to have ruled out Spurs, and is expected to choose between Arsenal and Liverpool within the next 24 hours. Last night Brendan Rodgers confirmed the player is close to signing with the Anfield club, to the excitement of supporters. But hang on, wouldn't Manchester United be a better fit?
More to the point, wouldn't the player be an ideal fit for United? Sir Alex Ferguson has been repeating his mantra of 'There is no value in the market' for several seasons now, to the frustration of supporters, and even ridicule- When he signed Bebe for £1 million less than Tottenham paid for Rafael van der Vaart in the summer of 2010.
If anybody represents 'value' then it is Nuri Sahin. A Bundesliga champion and full international, a year ago touted as one of Europe's brightest prospects- on loan for nothing other than his wages. Surely it is a no-brainer to register an interest?
Especially considering United's well documented need for a midfielder which saw them launch a £27 million bid for unproven Brazilian Lucas Moura. Much has been said about how Ferguson does not want to sign a Tiote type central player, preferring a strong passer and a figure who can influence a game. Again Sahin fits that model perfectly.
Having spent a net £43 million on players this summer, bringing in Sahin on loan would satisfy supporters demanding a new midfielder, but keep their transfer expenditure from increasing further. Again, surely the perfect solution for the bean-counters at Old Trafford as well as from the footballing side.
The United boss also has a positive relationship with Real Madrid supremo Jose Mourinho. You would think the Scotsman would be able to ask the 'special one' to put in a good word to convince Sahin if his mind was not made up.
But if United registered their interest, his mind may already be. In comparison to Arsenal and Liverpool, a loan switch to Old Trafford would present a realistic shot at winning silverware, a greater one at least, and would mean that during his year in the Premier League Sahin would have a real chance of achieving memorable success. It is still possible at either club, but less so, as any bookmaker would tell you.
Even more tempting, would be the chance to team up with former Dortmund teammate Shinji Kagawa. In their 2010/11 Bundesliga winning season, Sahin scored seven goals along the way, and Kagawa 12. Both were integral parts of the first choice starting line-up and influential figures in Jurgen Klopp's side's success.
Surely it would be both positive for Sahin to team up with his former Dortmund colleague, but also a shrewd move on United's behalf to bring them together, and even help them get the best out of their new Japanese playmaker.
Sadly for United fans this 'perfect fit' does not look like happening, barring any dramatic late interest he will head to one of their rivals instead, and it will go down as a most illogical choice not to pursue him.
What do you think, would Sahin to United have been an ideal move? Why do you think the club have not pursued him?
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