UPDATE: Atlético’s official site has confirmed the Turan deal. The player, who will join for four years at the Vicente Calderón as opposed to the previously reported five, will travel to Spain on Thursday and undergo a medical on Friday. His formal presentation is scheduled for Tuesday the 16th.
Initial report: According to Turkey’s NTVSpor, Atlético and Galatasaray have reached an agreement for versatile left winger Arda Turan.
Atleti will reportedly pay the Turkish outfit €12 million for the 24-year-old, who is set to sign a five-year contract worth €2.5 million per year.
Los Rojiblancos were looking to snatch up Real Sociedad youngster Antoine Griezmann to man the left flank, and it is unclear whether interest in the Frenchman has dissipated with Arda’s reported signing.
Turan, Gala’s captain, has experience playing in the centre as well as on the right wing.
The status of negotiations with Wolfburg’s Diego remains uncertain, as the Brazilian has not agreed terms with Atleti, refusing to accept a salary decrease.
NTVSpor have added additional details to their report regarding clauses included in the Turan deal.
Atleti will pay an additional €500 thousand to Galatasaray if we qualify for Europa League play, and an additional €1 million if Champions League qualification is secured.
Turan is expected to fly to Spain after taking part in Turkey’s friendly against Estonia Tuesday evening in order to complete his move.