There were reports last week that an agreement had been reached between Arsenal and the Turkish international Arda Turan for his transfer to the Emirates from Athletico Madrid. The 25-year old left winger had said some things to the Turkish media that now seem to have been a bit premature.
Chelsea and Liverpool are also keen on Turan, so even if Athletico do agree to sell him, he will not necessarily be heading to North London as a Gunner. The reports that Chelsea had activated his release clause of around €24 million also seem to be wrong, because the manager of the Spanish club, Diego Simeone, has stated that he has heard nothing.
“First, I have not heard anything and I have seen it a lot. Everyone can comment on whatever you want.
“The important thing is what he shows on the field. Arda is one of the best players. He shows heart in every one of our matches.
“He has a contract with our club, and he shows everyone what he has to offer.”
His agent has stated that Turan wants to join a top European club with champions league ambitions, but it seems that Athletico will only sell if somebody activates the clause. He is a very skilful left sided player, in the mould of Samir Nasri, but I have my doubts that Arsenal will sanction the deal, even though it would be around £5 million less than we got from Man City for the Frenchman.