Manchester United have been getting mixed messages over whether they will be able to sign transfer target Arda Turan, as his agent refuses to rule out a departure from Atletico Madrid this summer.
Reports in Turkey in recent months had suggested that Louis van Gaal was keen on the Turkey international and that a swap deal would be put in place ahead of the summer transfer deadline.
Manchester United’s new manager eventually saw £60million spent on Angel di Maria and £29million spent on Ander Herrera to boost his midfield creativity, but comments from Turan’s agent in an interview with the Turkisgh press this week were revealing.
Ahmet Bulut, in an interview with Hurriyet, claimed that the Old Trafford club had an interest in the Atletico playmaker and that he was confident a club would activate the €41million buyout clause in his contract.
Changed of tune?
However, he has since contacted Spanish newspaper AS to clarify his remarks, where he insists there were no immediate plans for a transfer but would not rule it out. If Manchester United do retain an interest in the 27-year-old, they could be forgiven for thinking this may be an indicator from Bulut that a deal is possible next summer.
“Arda is very happy at Atlético and intends to honour his contract,” he told AS.
“He has this year and then two more left on his contract and is very comfortable, but in football you never know what will happen with him or any other Atlético player. At the moment no possibility is open that would mean Arda leaving Atlético,"
Despite giving Atletico reassurances, Turan’s agent revealing that his player will have only two years remaining on his current deal this summer could tell us what is to come.
Manchester United may find La Liga’s champions more willing entrants into negotiation with a star player having only two years remaining on his deal. Were he to reject the offer of a new contract, next summer would be the final chance the Vicente Calderon club will have at getting a decent transfer fee for him.