There was much speculation as to where Arda Turan would end up next season, and now he has put that speculation to rest.
The Turkish international will be staying in La Liga, joining European champions Barcelona after spending four seasons with Atletico Madrid.
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Turan was linked with a possible move to the Premier League, but he turned down an offer from Chelsea and reported interest from Manchester United in order to join the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez at Barca.
However, there is a strange clause in this agreement, as Barcelona is set to elect a new board of directors on July 18. The agreement with Atletico allows Turan to be sold back to the Madrid club by July 20, seemingly if the new directors feel he is unneeded at Camp Nou.
Below is part of a statement released by Barcelona:
FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Arda Turan. FC Barcelona reserve the right to re-sell the player to Atlético until 20 July.
With the intention of safeguarding the Club’s interests and respecting the final decision of the President elect and given the necessity of finalising the operation as soon as possible in order not to miss out on signing the player, FC Barcelona have reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid for the signing of Arda Turan for the next five seasons for the figure of €34m with a possible €7m in variables.
The agreement includes the option of selling the player to Atlético Madrid for the fixed fee less 10% option costs. This option could be exercised by FC Barcelona up until midnight of 20 July if the next Board of Directors should wish so.”
Manager Luis Enrique is said to have pushed for the Turan signing, so would a new president go against the man who just led Barcelona to a treble?
Either way, the midfielder will not be able to play for Barcelona until January, when their transfer ban is lifted.
As of this moment, Turan is a great addition for Barca. Last season he was named to a 40-player shortlist for UEFA Team of the Year, and has established himself as one of the hardest working midfielders in the world. No matter who takes over charge of the club, it would be an absolute shock if you do not see Turan lining up at Camp Nou next season.