Liverpool are edging ahead of Arsenal in the battle for Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. The Daily Mail says Liverpool and not Arsenal look set to land the midfielder.

The player's agent, Reza Fazeli, travelled to meet the Anfield club's hierarchy and iron out the details of the deal.

Brendan Rodgers will guarantee him a place in the starting line-up and Sahin looks to approve a switch to Anfield on Tuesday, leading his representative to undertake his whirlwind trip to complete the deal.