Turkish winger Arda Turan is hopeful of making a move to the Premier League this summer, although the buying club would have to meet his £20.5 million release clause to pry him away from Atletico Madrid. Liverpool and Arsenal had shown an interest in the 26 year-old during the January transfer window but Atletico kept hold of their star in their run to a third place finish in La Liga.
Turan is an academy product of Turkish giants Galatasaray and made the move to Spain in 2011. Gala manager Fatih Terim insists that the winger is keen on a move back to his boyhood club, but Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut paints a different picture.
“Arda’s switch to the Premier League this summer is very likely. He has serious interest from England but the clubs are aware of Atletico’s stance. The Madrid club are rejecting all offers for him, but if the release clause if met, nothing can be done,” Bulut was quoted as saying in Spanish paper AS. The agent did confirm that clubs in England have made contact regarding Turan’s availability this summer.
The Turkey international has already turned down the opportunity to join the revolution at Monaco but would not mind a move to the Premier League. Liverpool might be boosted by his agent’s claims but Turan is unlikely to leave Atletico for a club absent from European competitions this summer.
The player could interest Arsene Wenger, who has drawn serious flak for Arsenal’s failure to make an impact in the transfer market this summer. The Gunners’ opening weekend loss to Aston Villa has increased the pressure on the manager although the frugal Wenger would certainly think long over the player’s hefty release clause.