Barcelona have officially confirmed the news that all Atlético fans had been dreading – Arda Turan has officially signed to play for the Blaugrana.
According to a statement published on the Catalans’ website, the Turkish midfielder will sign a five-year contract with the Spanish champions for a initial fee of €34 million.
This could rise to €41 million depending on different variables and add-ons.
Barcelona are in the middle of electing their new president, and as such some peculiar clauses are in place, including the option for Barca to sell the player back to Atlético over the next couple of weeks.
“The agreement includes the option of selling the player to Atlético Madrid for the fixed fee less 10% option costs,” said the statement on the Barcelona website.
“This option could be exercised by FC Barcelona up until midnight of 20 July if the next Board of Directors should wish so.”
It’s extremely unlikely that should Barca sell him back to Atlético, the club would take him back. We’ve seen the last of Arda in the red and white of Atleti.
Arda Turan won’t be able to officially play for Barcelona until January 2016, as they are currently under a transfer ban.
Our number 10 indicated his desire to leave Atleti last week, and tweeted that he was looking for another club.
“It’s been four amazing years,” said Arda on the official Atlético website.
“I lived very special moments at Atletico and I will never forget my teammates, the fans and everyone in the club. I can only give my thanks to all.”
I’m disappointed that Arda has chosen to move to Barcelona and not to the Premier League. I’m sure some of you feel the same.