Barcelona fringe star Arda Turan has joined Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir on a two and half year loan deal with an option to buy.
Back in 2015 where Arda Turan was one of the most influential players as Los Rojiblancos stormed to Champions League Final and finished three points off of the league winners, Barcelona. A 34 million pound switch followed, which worked for none of involved. It’s been 3 years since his move, 36 appearances and 5 goals later he’s headed back home in an attempt to revive his career.
Turan was unable to compete with the quality of players at the disposal of Barcelona at the center of the park. The arrival of Valverde meant that it was the end of his Barca career. Having failed to make a single appearance this season and Barcelona spending heavily in the current January transfer window, his departure will free up wages for the incoming Yerry Mina and Philippe Coutinho.
The creative midfielder has been strongly linked with a move away, with Manchester United, Arsenal and even Liverpool very interested in the 30-year-old. However, it was something of a surprise when Arda Turan rejected a move to Galatasaray earlier in the summer transfer window, with the Turkish international failing to impress Valverde.
However, now a two and a half year loan deal has been agreed with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir with them agreeing to pay the entirety of his wages.
His inability to nail down a starting position in the side after having to wait for 6 months for his debut because of Barcelona’s transfer ban, meant this was one of the most regrettable transfers of recent history.
The Club released an official statement confirming the transfer on their official website, saying “Arda Turan has played a total of 55 games for Barça, scoring 15 goals in his two and a half years as a Blaugrana. In that time he has won 6 trophies: 1 league championship, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Club World Cup and 1 European Super Cup.
As such the Turk leaves after completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies. Arda came to FC Barcelona in the summer of 2015 from Atlético Madrid but due to a FIFA transfer ban he was unable to make his debut until January 2016.”
A move that makes sense on Barcelona’s part, after attempts to offload Turan in the summer were futile, they have finally managed to get him off of their books. If reports are to be believed, he is a part of a major overhaul for the Catalan side as they look to trim all the dead weight of the current squad.