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Manchester United targets Sahin as frustrations grow over Lucas Moura pursuit

The Old Trafford club is keeping tabs on the Real Madrid man, who would be available for 25.5 million euros this summer after an injury-hit season with the Spanish champion.

Manchester United has turned its attentions to Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin after growing increasingly frustrated in its pursuit of Lucas Moura.

Goal.com understands that the Old Trafford outfit is looking at alternative options to the Sao Paulo youngster, who has been valued at close to 38.3 million euros (30m pounds) by his club, and has highlighted Sahin as a potentially cheaper target after being made aware of his availability from the Spanish capital.

The Turkey international is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu after joining the club from Borussia Dortmund last summer in a move that has so far been blighted by injuries and inconsistent form.

TURKISH DELIGHT

 BORUSSIA DORTMUND RECORD
GAMES
GOALS
ASSISTS
152
17
36
 REAL MADRID RECORD
GAMES
GOALS
ASSISTS

10
1
1
 TURKEY RECORD
GAMES
GOALS
ASSISTS
30
2
1
Jose Mourinho is keen to offer Sahin a full preseason in order to impress at the Liga giant, but Madrid would be open to considering an offer.

Bayern Munich and Galatasaray have been linked with Sahin in recent weeks. Tottenham made enquiries over bringing him to White Hart Lane as part of Luka Modric's expected move to the Spanish champion, but was rebuffed by the 23-year-old.

The midfielder made clear his intention to stay with the Spanish giant in May, claiming: "I have the desire to succeed here and want to prove my worth at Madrid. I'm living the dream at this club."

However, with the likely arrival of Modric set to push Sahin further down Mourinho's midfield pecking order, United's ability to offer him greater first-team opportunities could see the Turkish star reconsider his options.

Any deal to sign Sahin would cost around 25.5m euros (20m pounds), but the Premier League champion has not ruled out taking the playmaker on a season-long loan deal to keep within its limited summer transfer budget.

Recent United signing Shinji Kagawa played alongside Sahin at Dortmund two seasons ago and has offered his endorsement of the Madrid man, whose arrival could also potentially provide strong commercial benefits due to the Red Devils' sponsorship links with Turkish Airlines.

Meanwhile, the Premier League runner-up is still keeping tabs on Lucas, but is fearful of being priced out of the race to sign the Brazilian wonderkid, as was exclusively revealed by Goal.com last week.

The Sao Paulo teenager is currently in Britain ahead of the Olympic football tournament next week, and should make an appearance against Team GB in a warm-up match at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Friday evening.

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