After missing out on the starlet’s signature in 2011, it has emerged that Manchester United could make a renewed bid for Nuri Sahin.
The 23 year-old was being chased by the Red Devils last summer but the Turkish international ultimately opted for a move to Real Madrid, signing a six-year contract with the Spanish giants.
The length of the contract makes the task of prising Sahin away from Los Blancos a difficult one but Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled off feats of the same magnitude in the past.
Sahin hasn’t had the biggest opportunity to prove himself this season, making only five appearances since making a return from injury in September.
Manchester United will undoubtedly look at the midfielder’s performances during his time at Borussia Dortmund however, and feel that Sahin could shine at Old Trafford.
In 152 appearances at the Westfalenstadion, Sahin scored on 17 occasions as well as making 36 assists.
It’s common knowledge that centre midfield is an area of the pitch in need of attention for Manchester United and although the need is lessened by the return of Tom Cleverley to fitness, reinforcements are expected to be brought in at the end of this season.
Paul Scholes was brought of retirement earlier this campaign in order to ease the selection woes of Sir Alex Ferguson but it’s unknown if the club veteran will return to duties next season.
Should United complete a deal to bring Sahin to the Premier League, it would be expected to cost the club around £15m; some £5m more than he moved to Real Madrid for.
The squad at the Madrid club means that Jose Mourinho has a plethora of superstars to choose from, and although the Portuguese boss is known to be a fan of Sahin, the premise of more first team football may tempt the playmaker.