Arda Turan has completed his move from Barcelona to Istanbul Basaksehir, according to the Turkish club’s coach Abdullah Avci.
“The transfer of Arda will be announced on Thursday or Friday,” he said.”It hasn’t been an easy transfer, Arda has been our goal for many years and I have to thank the president for this signing.”
Avci’s comments have, however, been given legs by Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut, who also claimed that the Turkey international will complete a switch to Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium.
“Arda has reached an agreement with Basaksehir and he doesn’t want to listen to any other offers, He wants to go back to Istanbul.”
Barça want €10 million for a transfer, plus variables. It remains to be seen how Gumusdag will respond to those demands after talks with Turan and Barça CEO Oscar Grau this week.
In any case, the Catalan club want a transfer and not a loan as Turan has a contract until 2020, a release clause of €125m and an annual wage of €8m gross.
Turan had enjoyed something of a fruitful spell for Barca last season as he weighed in with 13 goals and seven assists in 30 matches, but his future clearly lies away from Barcelona at this point.