The Daily Express is reporting that Brendan Rodgers is considering a move for Atletico Madrid wide man Arda Turan using almost half of the funds generated by the £75 million sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.
Turan has been linked with a move to Anfield since the days of Rafael Benitez but it appears it is now more plausible given the extra cash Liverpool now have to play with following the imminent departure of their star striker.
Turan reportedly has a £32 million release clause in his contract but it remains to be seen whether coach Diego Simeone would be willing to part with another of the bedrocks of last season’s title winning team after already losing Diego Costa to Chelsea earlier in the summer.
The Turkish international can play all across attacking midfield and would help to go some way towards replacing the creativity lost in attack through Suarez’s departure. At 27 years of age, he would also provide some much-needed experience across the forward line and competition for the relatively inexperienced Raheem Sterling, who, we must remember, despite his impressive campaign last year, is still only 19 years of age.
Turan made 46 appearances for the Rojiblancos last term, scoring nine goals and providing six assists from midfield as he helped them towards a Champions League final and their first La Liga title in almost 20 years. He is exactly the type of player Rodgers likes to work with, a player committed to the cause of the team who can play in a range of positions, so it would be unsurprising to hear news of a Liverpool bid in the coming days with some of their newfound wealth.
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