Arsene Wenger might have to use some French charm if he wants to obtain the services of Real Madrid’s Nuri Sahin or Barcelona’s Ibrahim Afellay. Both young midfielders are available, but both seem determined to break in to the first team at their current clubs.
Jose Mourinho has been honest with 23-year old Turkish international Sahin, telling him that it might be in the youngster’s best interest to go on loan. He is facing a struggle to get much playing time, especially if the capture of Luka Modric from Tottenham is completed.
Sahin has turned down a permanent move and is still dithering over going on loan. The Daily Mail also reports that Inter Milan and their city rivals AC Milan are going to try to take the deep lying midfield playmaker to Italy. Wenger needs to contact Sahin in order to convince him that he would do well to come to Arsenal.
Ibrahim Afellay is in a similar situation at Barcelona, except Barcelona are willing to let him go permanently. The Dutchman has also been told that he will struggle to get a game, and has already turned down a transfer to PSG. He has told his coach that he wants to fight for his place and has gone with Barcelona on their pre-season tour.
Afellay was started in Barcelona’s first game as part of a front three with Messi and Alexis. He played well but failed to capitalise on his goal scoring chances. He will probably still struggle to break into Barcelona’s first team, but has Wenger already got his eyes elsewhere? Cazorla from Malaga perhaps. We should hear more very soon.