Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has confirmed that he has no intention of accepting an offer for one-time Chelsea target Arda Turan in the wake of reports linking Manchester United with a move for the midfielder.
According to the Daily Express, United are reportedly prepared to offer Shinji Kagawa as part of a deal for the £32m-rated Turan, with United boss Louis Van Gaal a big fan of the Turkish international. Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked with Turan in the past.
But Simeone has moved to reject speculation suggesting Turan could follow the likes of Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to the Premier League, insisting that he will stay at the Vicente Calderon.
"Arda isn't going anywhere, I'm sure of it," Simeone told AMK. Turan is under contract at Atletico until the summer of 2017, while he has a buy-out clause of £32m.
United are not prepared to pay anywhere near that much for the 27-year-old, but they had hoped to reduce his asking price by including Kagawa in the transfer negotiations.
The Japanese international has failed to settle at Old Trafford, and is yet to win a regular starting place. The arrival of Juan Mata from Chelsea in January this year pushed him further down the pecking order and he's been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund, although Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested.
Interest in Hernandez
The reigning La Liga champions also have an interest in United's Javier Hernandez. The Mexican international started United's game against Liverpool last night, but he's thought to be one of the players Van Gaal will allow to leave for first-team football before the close of the summer window.
Turan, who joined Atletico from Galatasaray in 2011, has also been linked with a move to Chelsea. The Blues have been busy so far this summer, but Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he's conducted all his transfer business already.
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