Barcelona have announced that an agreement has been reached for the sale of Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan.
The Turkey international’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the past week after the playmaker’s agent revealed that his client would be leaving the Estadio Vicente Calderon in the summer.
Reports suggested that Chelsea and Manchester United have both been in negotiations with the 28-year-old [via the Mirror]; however, Barca emerged as latecomers to the transfer battle, and have won the race for his signature after the La Liga champions tweeted confirmation of his arrival on Monday night:
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 6, 2015
In a statement on the Champions League winner’s official website, the club announced that Turan has signed a five-year contract, while the fee is reported as being €34m with a possible €7m in add-ons.
However, the statement also goes on to read that given Barcelona’s presidential election is yet to take place, if the new Board of Directors opt to reverse the transfer, an agreement has been reached where they can re-sell the player to Atletico Madrid by July 20th.
What’s more, given Barca’s current transfer ban, the midfielder will not be able to play for his new club until January 2016 [via The Guardian].