Several media outlets are reporting that Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. The Turkey international is a possible replacement for potentially Barcelona-bound Alex Song.

BBC.co.uk report that Arsenal are stepping up their attempts to lure Sahin to North London, as Song inches nearer the exit door.

BBC.co.uk's David Ornstein tweeted that Song is intent on joining Barcelona and that Arsenal view Sahin as a suitable alternative.

Earlier in the day, Wenger seemed to admit to an interest in signing Sahin, according to reports from Sky Sports.

Sahin would certainly upgrade Arsenal's midfield, where Wenger already has a plethora of options. However, this is a case where quantity does not necessarily imply quality.

Youngsters Jack Wilshere and Emmanuel Frimpong are still sidelined with long-term injuries. Veterans Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky have similar durability issues and Aaron Ramsey struggled as a regular starter last season.

That leaves Wenger with Spanish aces Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla and youthful duo Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Sahin would add top-level quality and guile to the mix.

A Bundesliga title winner with Borussia Dormund in 2010/11, Sahin is a crafty passer, with a combative edge. He would adapt well to Arsenal's intircate, short-passing style and wouldn't shy away from the robust nature of the English Premier League.

Adding a player of Sahin's class and pedigree would ease the blow if Song opted for a move to La Liga. It would also help demonstrate Arsenal's ability to still tempt quality players to the club, following the loss of star skipper Robin van Persie.

 

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