Arda Turan Reportedly On The Verge Of Move To Arsenal

Arda Turan Reportedly On The Verge Of Move To Arsenal
Jun 3, 2017

Arsenal News Transfer Rumours

It’s fair to say Arsenal fans enjoyed a positive finish to the season with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final, and it could be boosted with the addition of Arda Turan. According to El Desmarque, one Barcelona attacking midfielder has decided the time is right to move on from Camp Nou and wants to join to Arsenal.

After a mixed season that was patchy at best, Arda Turan doesn’t see his future with Barcelona and Wenger will look to get this deal done, sooner rather than later. The Turkey superstar only made the starting eleven fifteen times this season in La Liga and the Champions League, and Barca’s sporting director Roberto Fernández has decided he can leave for £26 million.

The playmaker has been riddled with injuries which have disrupted his season, limiting him to being a bit-part player in Barca’s title charge. Arsenal fans should still be excited about the potential signing, though. Turan scored two hat-tricks in three games in December against Gladbach and Hercules.

Turan’s lack of game time shouldn’t worry Arsenal. To get a place in a side of this calibre, he has to battle the likes of Ivan Rakitić, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets for three midfield positions that aren’t suited to him. Turan is better suited to linking the play and has played as the ‘false winger’, excelling many times, but it has been a big ask to dislodge one of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suárez.

Barcelona bought Turan because the thought he could be the man to control the rhythm of games, linking up the midfield with the defence, the wings and the attack with great decision making. He was a star from an early age and was named Galatasaray captain at the age of just 21, after making close to 200 appearances for his boyhood club. He was a key player in Diego Simeone’s Athletic team and was known for being intelligent in possession while scoring some very important goals.

Many still believe Turan is a very good player but at the age of 30, this might be his last chance to succeed at a top club. Is he the man to dictate Arsenal’s game; can he give them some much-needed balance to allow the players around him to flourish?

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