There have been reports and rumours coming from Spain and Turkey about the Athletico Madrid player Arda Turan agreeing terms with Arsenal about his transfer in January. They mat have been premature, however, as Chelsea have entered the race, apparently, and are willing to pay the full value of the release clause in the Turkish international’s contract, according to the Spanish newspaper AS.
Turan has a clause in his contract that means Athletico Madrid must sell if another club is willing to pay €24 million, but Arsenal were hoping to get the 25-year old winger for less than that. If Chelsea do agree to pay that, Athletico would have doubled what they paid Galatasaray for him last summer.
One thing that might cause the player to think twice about signing up with Rafa Benitez is the failure of Chelsea to progress from the group stages of the Champions league. Turan is desperate to play in the competition, which he would be able to do this season if he joined the Gunners.
It does seem, however, that Wenger will have to spend more money than he had planned to if he is determined to make Turan an Arsenal player in January.
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