Turkey’s star player Arda Turan is reportedly set for a move away from Barcelona FC. The 30-year old winger who can also play as an attacking midfielder has a contract that runs till 2020 but with first-team chances hard to come by, Turan is looking to secure a transfer in order to get more game time.
Turan who made his move from Atletico Madrid back in 2015, has failed to nail down a regular starting spot at the club. Marred by injuries and the quality of Barcelona’s then attacking line up in the form of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar; Turan was forced to play in a more withdrawn role instead of playing in his natural left-wing position.
The change in setup did not help the Turkey international’s game and has fallen down the pecking order at the club. He has played a bit and part role so far at Nou Camp and is yet to make an appearance this season under Ernesto Valverde despite the departure of Neymar and the injury to Ousmane Dembele.
Such conditions at the club might force the 30-year old to move on and seek new pastures. Turan, who made his name by playing for Turkish club Galatasaray rose into fame early. He was captain of the team back in 2009 at the tender of 21.
Here are three possible clubs he can join in England
His move to Arsenal will see the 30-year old get a new breath of fresh air. Although the 30-year old does not have another 15 years of career left, he certainly will be full of energy and eagerness to prove himself after his failed move to the Nou Camp. Moreover, with Alexis Sanchez yet to sign a new contract at the club, Turan might be the ideal fit for the vacated left-wing position come January for the Gunners. Barcelona who have not been really able to use the player will not mind offloading him for decent money, something which the Gunners will have plenty of should Sanchez move in January.
The Blues are in dire need of another player to add to their squad depth and attacking talent. The likes of Hazard and Morata have been pulling along the season for Chelsea but outside the two of them, Chelsea lack the attacking threat needed to win trophies and Turan could prove to be a valuable addition.
Jose Mourinho has been craving for another left winger on his side that looks close to perfect on paper. Turan would prove to be an ideal Mourinho player with the Turk having an affinity for a high work rate and a good off the ball game for a winger. Although he is unlikely to get a plethora of first-team chances, he will surely give United the added player they need to challenge on multiple fronts.
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