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.