Arsenal Close In on Impressive £13m Playmaker: Agent Claims Turan Wants Move

Gunners target wants Emirates move.

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Sports News - January 24, 2009

Turkish winger Arda Turan wants to join Arsenal, according to his agent.

The Galatasaray star has been linked with a move away from him homeland in the past, and was expected to leave last summer when the Istanbul club finished fifth in the Super Lig.

The 22-year-old produced some fine individual displays despite the poor team performances from his side, ending the season with seven goals from various midfield positions.

His versatility would be an added bonus for any side, and Arsene Wenger has previously moved for the star of Euro 2008. It is thought that a £13 million bid would be needed to complete a deal.

Agent Ahmet Bulut said: “In the summertime Arsenal made contact regarding him, but the club did not want to sell. He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger because he is very good at working with young players, and Arda wants to work in England.

“He is now the new captain of Galatasaray, so I don’t think he will be sold in January. However, I do think he will be sold in July.” (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)

Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan of hugely talented Turkish international Arda Turan and for some time now a move for the midfield playmaker and wide flank player has seen pretty close to becoming a reality. His agent coming out and stating that he believe his client will be sold in July seems to lay it all on the table.

The quoted £13m valuation also seems more than reasonable in today’s inflated transfer market so I can’t see that being an obstacle to any club looking to snap up the 22 year old Galatasaray player. The one stumbling block to a move to the Emirates could come down to the fact that Arsene already has very similar players filling the positions that Turan would inhabit should he indeed be sold to the north London outfit.

Turan is adept at playing in a number of attacking midfield roles both in the centre of the park, to out wide or indeed in the hole behind the striker but then the Gunners already have a great many top notch options in these spots such as Andrei Arshavin, Samir Nasri and Tomas Rosicky, however given the Turkish international’s age he is still very much a player worth making a move for.

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