Nuri Sahin has joined Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid for the 2012/13 season, according to reports.
Madrid sports daily Marca claims Sahin is Premier League-bound as José Mourinho seeks to make way for Luka Modrić to arrive from Tottenham Hotspur.
However Marca write Spurs, linked with Sahin as a makeweight in the deal, are not interested in any form of player exchange in the proposed transfer of Modrić.
Turkish international Sahin, 23, only joined the Primera Liga champions last year from Borussia Dotmund for £6m but was a peripheral figure under Mourinho.
He played just 10 times for Los Blancos in his debut season, scoring against Ponferradina in the Copa del Rey.
Sahin's move to north London should be welcomed by Arsenal fans concerned at Arsène Wenger's quotes earlier in the week that he did not require any more central midfielders.
Jack Wilshere could return as late as October according to various reports, making Sahin's role much more pivotal if or when he does join the Gunners.
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