Atletico winger could make big move to the Emirates Stadium in January.
Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan has been linked with a January move to Arsenal with some outlets reporting he has agreed personal terms.
The Turkish midfielder has made his desire to leave Atletico known after his agent Ahmet Bulut claimed the 25-year-old wanted a new challenge.
“Arda has played at Atletico Madrid for two seasons now. I have wanted to see him play for another team in another league and Arda wants the same,” he recently told Turkish television.
“We are working on making this happen, Atletico know what our intention is and are working with us. If all goes well, Arda will leave the Madrid club at the end of this season.”
SOURCE: Inside Spanish Football
You would have thought the last thing Arsenal need at present is a winger, particularly one with a £19m release-clause…
In fairness, Turan can also play across the midfield and that adaptability may be what interests Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. If a deal for Turan really is in place, it could signal the end of Theo Walcott’s Arsenal career; the England international is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract at the Emirates Stadium and Wenger must already be on the look out for potential replacements.
Turan has been a massive success since his move to La Liga, having previously spent six seasons with Galatasaray in his native Turkey. The 25-year-old helped Atletico to Europa League glory in his first season and has further impressed during the current campaign, helping Diego Simeone’s side to mount a genuine title challenge, splitting Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The pint-sized performer is comfortable on the ball and has a good turn of pace and has all the attributes Wenger traditionally targets. £19m, however, would be a club record fee, suggesting Wenger must feel that January is the right time to splash the cash, to help secure at spot in the Premier League top four.
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