Barcelona seeking sale of Arsenal target Arda Turan


Barcelona are hopeful of selling €30 million-rated Turkish midfielder Arda Turan this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Turan joined the Catalan club last summer for a reported fee of £24 million but had to wait until the turn of the year to make his club debut due to Barcelona’s transfer ban.

The 29-year-old made nine league starts, scoring two goals and providing assists for another three goals in the final half of last campaign.

Barcelona have been quite busy in the transfer window, having already confirmed four arrivals this summer including the latest signing of Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes for €50 million.

But the Spanish champions are seeking Turan’s departure after just one campaign since his move from Atletico Madrid to root out his high salary and recover a large portion of his transfer fee with a host of European clubs interested to sign the Turkish skipper.

Turan was reportedly offered to Chelsea last month but Arsenal, Juventus, Inter Milan and Turkish outfit Besiktas are all thought to be targeting the versatile attacking midfielder this summer.

Barcelona, who reportedly want around €30 million for the former Galatasaray star, have come to terms that Turan’s departure is the best solution for all the parties despite his agent revealing last month that the player wants to stay at Camp Nou.

“The interest [in Arda] is normal but the rumors saying he is leaving Barcelona are false, he is happy at the club,” Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut said.

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