Galatasaray star finally set to make Anfield move?
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Liverpool will this summer hope to lure Galatasaray’s highly regarded attacker Arda Turan to Merseyside. Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli have earmarked a move for the adaptable playmaker as they seek to bring in effective creative options to help boost the club’s attacking prowess.
On the subject of a possible move to Liverpool the pint sized Turkish international has made it clear he would be very interested by stating “As I always mention, Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for them.”
Having been linked with a move away from his Istanbul club for the best part of three years, Turan appears to be nearing a much discussed exit as Galatasaray seek to balance their books and give in to the flair player’s demands. Arda Turan is something of a cult hero at the Turk Telekom Arena but his ambition to leave the club have come to a head as the club struggles in mid table under new boss Gheorghe Hagi.
Liverpool may well look to Turan to occupy a wide midfield role, a position he is said to prefer, as current options in these roles have not borne fruit. Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi have all been placed in these positions without managing to make much of an impact and Ryan Babel was sold to Hoffenheim as the Dutchman also failed to provide the Premier League side with natural width.
Galtasaray will listen to offers of around €20m (£16.8m), which would seem a fair price for a player with vast experience and great potential. The likes of Chelsea, Newcastle United and Juventus are all also said to be interested in signing the 24 year old.