Arda Turan: What the Premier League can expect from Atletico's hardest man

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Rumours have been swirling around over the last few days as to the future of Atletico Madrid's aggressive Turkish midfielder Arda Turan, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City linked with making bids.

The player himself sent a tweet noting that his agent is indeed talking to three or four clubs at this point and he will update everyone should a deal be reached. Therefore, we know at this stage that there is every likelihood that the player will be moving to pastures new, and he won't be short of admirers.

Barcelona interest

One of the teams that have been linked with him are Barcelona. The Catalans are still under a FIFA-imposed transfer ban but can sign players in the summer window as long as they are not registered to play until January 2016.

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Outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu has cryptically announced that he has secured the services of a La Liga midfielder whom he will announce in the lead up to the club presidential elections on July 18.

It's unlikely to be Turan however, and here are three things supporters can expect if he makes a move to the Premier League...

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Although every player needs its "hard man" there is a point where using aggression as one of the main facets to your game just isn't enough. Turan hasn't been ripping up any trees with a decent goals and assists tally, and perhaps this authors the side of his game which has seen 33 yellow cards in four seasons.

In a league so technical as La Liga, such a limited skill set looks out of place, and would be far more suited to a Premier League where playing on the edge will win him many admirers.

Big Game Player

One thing Turan can be admired for is coming up big in the matches that matter. He is hardly prolific in goalscoring terms, but has scored a few timely strikes. Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus can all attest to his prowess in front of goal in the biggest European nights.

If he is able to offer the same application in every game, then whoever signs him in the Premier League will have bought a quality addition to their side. Getting the best out of him week in, week out could prove to be problematic however.


Get him in the groove and the Turk will provide the ammunition needed for the team to function.

Diego Simeone has previously noted, via Lee Thomas-Mason of Metro that: "Arda is a player that gives us rhythm and has the timing in order to combine the midfield with the defence, the wings and the attack. When he is playing well he causes a lot of problems, he is a fundamental player for us."

It's worth pointing out "when he is playing well." Simeone hauled him off 16 times in 28 starts last season and that's probably just one reason why we haven't heard the Argentine come out and say that Turan isn't for sale.

Atleti have lost bigger players in the past and still improved. Will Turan improve in the EPL? Let's wait and see...

Football fans, where do you think Turan will end up? Let us know in the comments box below.

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