Barcelona president Josep María Bartomeu will sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan if re-elected this summer.
This is according to Mundo Deportivo, who understand Bartomeu has already made moves to come to an agreement with the Turkey international, who is also on the radar of both Manchester United and Chelsea.
Arda wants to leave Atletico following four successful years at the Vicente Calderon, according to a new report from Marca, in order to earn more money elsewhere and to play for a team where he will be required to carry out less defensive work.
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Diego Simeone, the current Atletico Madrid manager, asks his players to get through an incredible amount of work every match - but it seems that Arda, who turns 29 in January, has had enough.
Atletico have told the classy attacking midfielder, who has scored 22 goals in 178 appearances for the 2014 La Liga champions, that he will be allowed to leave the Calderon if they receive a ‘serious’ offer for his services. It’s currently unclear, though, how close an offer would need to be to his €41 million buy-out clause for it to be deemed satisfactory.
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Arda would need to work just as hard at Barça
While the current treble-winning Barcelona side of Luis Enrique might not press as tirelessly as Pep Guardiola’s team famously did between 2008-2012, the likes of Lionel Messi and co. still get through a huge amount of work every week.
Arda, subsequently, would still be required to carry out defensive duties at the Camp Nou; Barcelona have no room for players not prepared to put in a shift, regardless of how much talent they might possess.
Because of the club’s transfer ban, though, Arda would not be able to feature for Barça until January at the earliest.
Furthermore, the intense competition for first-team places at Barcelona means Arda would almost certainly be used on a rotational basis at the Camp Nou.
Arda should avoid United and Chelsea
The same would be true if the former Galatasaray star moved to either Manchester United or Chelsea, where some of the world’s best players ply their trade.
Arda’s best position is on the right-hand side of midfield, where Memphis Depay is likely to play for the Red Devils next season and Juan Cuadrado and Willian will continue to battle it out at Stamford Bridge next term.
If Arda is content with not playing every week, then any of the three aforementioned clubs would be a good fit for the Turk.
But despite his desire to do less work and earn more money in the process elsewhere, this is an ambitious player who would be a regular starter for most clubs on the planet.
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