Arda Turan to Atlético?

Turkish media report a €12m deal is in place for the Galatasaray captain

Galatasaray midfielder Arda Turan is linked to Atletico Madrid

Arda Turan (Reuters)

We’re usually careful with transfer rumours that surface outside of the transfer window, but Turkish media insist that Arda Turan is on his way to Atlético. It is being reported that the midfielder has already announced his departure to his Galatasaray teammates.

Arda’s contract with Cim Bom runs until 2012, so the Turkish club will be looking to offload their captain this summer for a fee, rather than risk losing him for nothing at the end of next season. The player and club agreed last year that an offer would be accepted when a club from one of Europe’s big leagues came knocking.

Apparently Atlético are willing to pay €12m for the 24-year old skipper, who made his debut for Galatasaray at just 18. Turan will purportedly sign for five seasons and wear the number 6 on the back of his rojiblanco shirt.

There are big question marks surrounding the Arda-to-Atlético rumour however, more than usual, after controversial reports from last summer. Galatasaray published a fax from Atlético containing a €11m bid made on the last day of the transfer window. Miguel Ángel Gil later admitted the offer had only been made as a favour to Jorge Mendes who had guaranteed the offer would be turned down.

The player agent owns 50% of Arda’s rights, which increases our chances of signing the Turkish international considering Mendes’ close involvement in most of our recent transfer dealings.

Meanwhile Spanish paper AS reports that Atlético has also renewed their interest in Gervinho, the 23-year old Ivorian forward from Lille.

  • Wow that would be some news. Sounds very good, maybe I could think of a better player, but this one seems not bad at all!

    There is only one very, very big problem: he doesnt have european citizenship, so I have serious doubts wheter this rumour is true. If it is, it will probably mean that either Salvio is not coming back, or Godin is leaving. Either option seems to be not worth it IMHO.

  • Turan seems alright, but Salvio should come back!

  • I would rather go for Dzsudzsak or Elja, way more viable and not so problematic.

  • k14

    Turkey is included in europe, sound strange to me that you are saying he doesnt have an EU passport.

  • Mutlu Percin

    Hey guys. im Mutlu. I was born in turkey.. now I live in USA. my team is galatasaray.. i know arda turan. is a long time…Arda Turan will be a very big star. believe me guys..

  • Osman

    He is an emotional guy,if people support him enough,you will see that he is better than Mesut Ozil from real madrid.

  • fatih ottoman!!

    5 6 millones de euros el precio de viviendas de petróleo, pero los sigo que me diga con asombro, şükredin.Video Si colocar 15 millones de euros de aquí, siga el “5 de 6 millones de euros,” el hombre!

  • SEP__7__TEM

    arda turan going to be the best player in your team.. but i don’t think that you’ll keep him in team more than 1 season. real or barça will buy him or another famous club.. when he start to play in la liga.. he’ll show his talent all around the world and many clubs will try to transfer him. so enjoy your next season with him as much as you can.. because you cannot keep him more than one season with this economic problems at your club..