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Barcelona keen to sign £29m Manchester United target



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According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are keen to sign Atletico Madrid playmaker Arda Turan.

The Turkish attacking midfielder has spent four successful seasons at the Vicente Calderon and is looking for another adventure now. The former Galatasray man has been linked with a move to the Premier League with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United interested.

According to the English media, Manchester United are considering making a bid for the Atletico midfielder as an alternative to Roberto Firmino, who just signed for Liverpool.

The Turkish international is valued at £29m and Barcelona are keen to get him in order to take off some creative duties from Andres Iniesta.

With two quality wingers in their side now (Depay and Di Maria), Manchester United are now looking to add a bit of quality centrally and Turan seems like the ideal candidate. The Atletico man is technically gifted and possesses outstanding flair, vision and passing abilities.

Turan has always been interested in a move to the Premier League, mainly with Liverpool, the club he has always supported as a child.

It is believed that Simeone is ready to let go of Turan if a suitable offer comes in. Atleti are blessed with some fantastic young talent and the likes of Angel Correa and Oliver Torres are set to come in, should Turan decide to leave.

Barcelona going for Turan might be dependent on a number of factors including the re-election of Bartomeu and the situation with Pedro. The Spaniard has signed a new deal at Barcelona, but is believed to be edging closer to an exit.

To sum it up, Turan is an outstanding player with loads of experience and proven pedigree at the highest level. Whoever signs him will get a fantastic athlete playing at his peak. Although the price quoted is quite steep, Manchester United and Barcelona certainly do not lack the funds.