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£20m Chelsea target will stay at Barcelona, says sporting director

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has responded to reports that Arda Turan is on his way out.

The Turkish international midfielder has been linked with several clubs over the past few weeks following reports from Spain that Turan has been transfer listed.

The Sun recently reported that Chelsea are interested in Turan and that the La Liga champions would be willing to accept £20 million.

Sport meanwhile claim that French giants Monaco have joined the race as have Inter and Napoli.

Arsenal and Juventus have also been linked with the 29-year-old midfielder over the past few weeks.

Fernandez underlined that Turan will stay at the club next season and that he is happy with the experienced midfielder.

The sporting director revealed that Turan had a tough season due to the FIFA transfer ban imposed on the club which meant he missed the first half of the season.

Speaking at Andre Gomes’ signing ceremony Fernandez was quoted by Marca as saying: “The situation with Arda Turan has not changed.

“After a difficult year with all the FIFA trouble, we are hoping for the Arda of Atletico next season.”

“I’m not going to talk about things that may happen later, today is Andre’s day,” he added.

“We are happy with this player, we have three very good strikers and the transfer window lasts until August 31.

“I’m not going to talk about this anymore.”

Turan does have another four-years left on his contract and he is currently training with the Barcelona squad in England.

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