Borussia Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin was a one time target for Arsenal, and claims he was made a very attractive offer back in 2005, according to Turkish publication NTV Spor.
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Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan of the former Real Madrid star, and has approached him on a number of occasions. He was tipped to make the switch to the Emirates back in 2012, but ended up moving to Liverpool on loan instead.
He didn’t enjoy the best of times at Anfield, and it seemed as though we had dodged a bullet as he appeared ill suited to the Premier League.
The 26-year-old has been in fine form recently however, and is once again hot property.
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Speaking to NTV Spor, the Turkish international revealed exactly why he opted not to come to England back in 2005.
“After my performance in the U-17 European Championship Arsenal made a very attractive offer,”he said.
“However, my mum, dad and older brother thought I was too young and wanted me to stay.
“I ended up staying but it was enough to get the attention of Dortmund who gave me a professional contract and started playing me from a young age.”
The talented midfielder has struggled away from the Bundesliga, but with Borussia Dortmund he has been an absolute star.