Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan in recent weeks and months, and now could finally be given the chance to sign the Turkish star with the Catalan giants reportedly willing to sell.
Turan has struggled to command a regular place at Camp Nou ever since joining the club from Atletico Madrid last summer. It didn’t help that a FIFA transfer ban prevented Barça from registering him until January – and he remains far down the pecking order.
According to Mundo Deportivo in Spain, there are two conditions that must be met if the 29-year-old is to part ways with Barça after just one season.
It is said that any offer must suitably reimburse the reigning La Liga champions after they shelled out a fee in excess of €34m just last summer. It is also said that the player himself must request a move if he is to leave the club.
The Spanish source mentions that the player is tempted by the lucrative potential offered by a move to Chinese football, and could even be interested in returning home to Galatasaray, the club where he spent 11 years from the age of 13.
The one snag for any suitor is the recent insistence of Turan’s agent that his client is happy where he is.
“The interest is normal but the rumours saying he is leaving Barcelona are false, he is happy at the club,” Ahmet Bulut told the Guardian.
Turan, who was used in a variety of different positions after he finally made his Barça debut earlier this year, appeared as a substitute in as many La Liga games as he started in 2015/16 – nine each.
He played just 37 minutes across four games in the final month of the domestic season.
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