Old Trafford boss to enter Bernabeu bit-part player chase.
Sir Alex Ferguson is set to enter the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after Jose Mourinho admitted that he was open to allowing the Turkish international to leave the Bernabeu this summer. There is growing speculation that Arsenal will bring in the former Borussia Dortmund man in on a season long loan deal but the Man United boss is readying a move to sign the 23 year old on a permanent basis.
Ferguson was linked with a move for the attacking midfielder prior to his move to the Spanish giants and is ready to make a significant offer, in the region of £18m, in the hope that Mourinho would consider the option of offloading Sahin to the Old Trafford club.
Sahin struggled to break into the Real Madrid starting eleven last term and may be tempted by a move to the Premier League and could well prefer a move to Man United over a temporary deal to join the Gunners.
Nuri Sahin helped Borussia Dortmund to a Bundesliga title prior to completing his £8m move to Real Madrid a year ago and managed just four La Liga appearances as Mourinho’s side romped to a domestic title success. With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Kaka and Esteban Granero seemingly ahead of the midfielder in the pecking order a move away from the Bernabeu seems entirely plausible.
Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to look to bring in one or two further signings this summer having already snapped up Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell thus far. Man United’s chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke stated earlier this week that the club were expecting to spend £40m on additions to their squad and with around £20m used to sign the aforementioned pair, there is clearly scope to make a healthy offer for Sahin.
Man United could well do with adding to their current midfield options. Paul Scholes is clearly at the tail end of his career and Michael Carrick at 31 is also in the latter stages of his. Anderson has failed to impress and Darren Fletcher is still to make a return from illness.
Sahin would offer Ferguson a natural connection between midfield and attack and is a player who will be looking to get his career back on track and may feel he can do so more effectively in Manchester than in Madrid.
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