Blues bid for Sahin denied
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Borussia Dortmund have denied that Chelsea have launched a bid for Nuri Sahin.Borussia Dortmund have denied that Chelsea are the latest Premiership giant to launch a bid for their prized starlet Nuri Sahin.
The hugely talented midfielder, who has just turned 17, is already a member of Borussia's first team after coming through the club's youth system.
Sahin has just returned home from the World Under-17 Championship in Peru - where he helped his native Turkey to fourth place and again he impressed.
A host of clubs were already aware of Sahin's abilities - and Arsenal had a bid turned down for him in August.
The Gunners have kept abreast of his progress, while Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to have stepped up their interest - although a reported bid from The Blues has been denied.
It was claimed in the German press that Chelsea's new sporting director Frank Arnesen personally scouted Sahin, during a trip to the youth championship in South America, and he instructed the club to make a move.
"So far we haven't received an offer yet," declared Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund's managing director.
"He is our future and will soon take the Bundesliga in storm, we don't really plan to sell him."
Sahin, who is expected to make his full international debut this weekend as Turkey face Germany, is contracted at the Westfalenstadion until 2009.
Despite Watzke's stance - Dortmund are still in financial trouble and they may find it difficult to continue fending off the strong interest.