Arda Turan set for Barcelona exit


Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan is reportedly offering himself to former club Atletico Madrid, reports Spanish outlet Marca.

The Turkish international is keen on a move away from the Catalan club after failing to assert a starting role for himself since joining in 2015.

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Since joining from Atletico Madrid for €34 million in 2015, Arda Turan has started just 23 games in La Liga, scoring five times. He has been even more of a peripheral figure in the Champions League, managing just one start, but that sole starting appearance did return possibly his best performance in a Barca shirt: a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Initial rumours discussed the possibility of Arda Turan moving to a Chinese Super League club, while a return to his native Turkey with Galatasaray has also drawn attention.

Turan apparently favours a return to Atletico Madrid, the club where he produced the best football of his career, playing a vital role in La Liga title triumph of 2014.

However, Atletico Madrid’s well-publicised transfer ban leaves them stranded regarding immediate acquisitions, as they would not be able to register the 30-year-old until January.

Arda Turan was one of only two players to not play a single minute in the Trofeo Joan Gamper friendly against Brazilian outfit Chapecoense AF, which Barcelona won 5-0.


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