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Arda Turan set to stay at Atletico Madrid

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Arda Turan is set to stay at Atletico Madrid for the upcoming season after Manchester United deemed his €40 million price tag unrealistic, reports El Confidencial.

The Turkish midfielder has been one of many Atletico players to be linked with a move away this summer after their title winning season last term. Diego Costa and Felipe Luis have already left to join Chelsea and Turan looked nailed on to join him in the Premier League.

Van Gaal interest

Turan impressed for Diego Simeone's men last term and caught the attention of new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman seemed keen to add steel to the midfield and Turan would do just that.

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Reports earlier this week suggested that Van Gaal would use the unwanted Shinji Kagawa as a makeweight in a move for the Turkey international. Kagawa has been drawing interest from the Vicente Calderon and it was believed a cash plus player deal would tempt Atletico into selling Turan.

Release clause ultimatum

However, Atletico are standing defiant over their remaining stars having already lose Luis and Costa. They are refusing to accept any bid for Turan unless it meets his release clause of €40 million. That was enough to end Manchester United's pursuit.

It appears Van Gaal may be putting all his eggs in one basket with regards to strengthening the Manchester United midfield. Widespread reports are suggesting that Arturo Vidal is now Van Gaal's sole priority.

Packed midfield

Turan would not be alone in his ability to play both centrally and on the left wing if he joins Manchester United. Both Juan Mata and Kagawa fulfill that role at the moment.

It is easy to see Turan as something of a luxury signing for Van Gaal as he already holds plenty of options in that area of the pitch. It may be for this reason why the interest has since ended.

Alternative targets

The impetus with regards to Manchester United transfer targets appears to be swinging towards Colombia and Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado. Unlike Turan, Cuadrado is a pure wide player and would bring both power and pace to Old Trafford.

Barcelona appear to be leading the race for him, but officials at the Nou Camp know they must first shift Dani Alves in order to balance the books before making a move for Cuadrado.

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