Manchester United are believed to have made a €40m offer for the services of Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, who played a pivotal role in helping the Spanish side conquer La Liga and reach the final of the Champions League this season.
According to Spanish newspaper AS, recently-appointed United boss Louis van Gaal is a keen admirer of the 27-year-old Turkey international, who can also play on the right wing, and a bid has been submitted to the Spanish champions. This news comes just hours after it was reported that United have triggered the buyout clause of Turan’s teammate Miranda, although the British press have since quashed these rumours surrounding the Brazilian centre-back as inaccurate.
The Turkish midfielder’s representative, Ahmet Bulut, revealed earlier today that his client has been the subject of an offer from an unnamed English club - but, according to these latest reports in the Spanish press, it seems United have become the first Premier League outfit to make a move for the classy midfielder. Arsenal and Liverpool also have a long-standing interest in the Atletico star, who scored three La Liga goals in 30 appearances this season.
Turan arrived at the Vicente Calderon in 2011 after spending six years as a professional with Turkish giants Galatasaray. He has since established his reputation as one of the best players in La Liga outside of Real Madrid and Barcelona, scoring a total of 19 goals in 132 appearances and contributing 26 assists.
Van Gaal is looking at other midfield options after backing out of deals to sign Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas - two players at the top of predecessor David Moyes’ summer wish-list - but could pull off a real coup for his new employers by luring arguably the best Turkish player of his generation to Old Trafford this summer.