Just under a week ago, Arda Turan tweeted confirmation that he was looking to leave Atlético Madrid after four successful years in the Spanish capital.
A flurry of well-wishes ensued, and everyone agreed upon how well the little Turk had served Atlético, and how he was free to realise his dream of playing in the Premier League.
A deal with Chelsea seemed the most likely option, with Filipe Luis potentially moving back to the Vicente Calderón as a makeweight. Everyone wins (to an extent.)
However fast forward a week, and there are widespread reports that our superstar is on the verge of scuppering all possibilities of a Premier League move, instead deciding to sign for Barcelona.
That’s right – Barcelona. The same Barcelona that can’t register any new players until 2016. Which makes the story even more bizarre.
Marca is valuing the transfer at €35 million, which is a good €6m or so under his release clause, but with the potential of add-ons.
Josep Bartomeu is said to have initiated the deal, after a request from Luis Enrique at the end of last season.
Barcelona may wait until after their elections to announce any transfer. These are set to take place on the 18th July.
David Villa was the last player to move between the two clubs, proving that the two Spanish giants would entertain transfer talks.
Arda has gone on to deny the rumours, tweeting that “the information published by the media about my transfer are false. I’m on holiday, just resting.”
Atlético aren’t wasting any time in scouting for replacements – a number of deals are allegedly done and awaiting an announcement – but this strange move for Arda begs the question.
Does Arda Turan go to Barcelona with your best wishes? Or are you absolutely betrayed? Or is this all just media speculation?