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Manchester United reach agreement with Arda Turan

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Manchester United have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid’s wantaway midfielder Arda Turan - but there’s still a chance the Barcelona target could sign for Chelsea, his preferred option.

This is according to Spanish newspaper AS, who understand the Turkish international is holding out for an offer from the reigning Premier League champions before signing on the dotted line for Manchester United.

Barcelona appeared to have won the race for Arda’s signature - conflicting reports in Spain suggest they still have - but Cadena SER reported yesterday that Barcelona have postponed negotiations until after the presidential elections on July 18.

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Barcelona’s move for Arda is complicated by the fact they are prohibited from registering new players until January, due to their existing transfer ban.

There was speculation that the 28-year-old would sign on loan with his former club Galatasaray for the first half of the 2015-16 campaign, but the Turkish club have told AS that this is not a viable option for them.

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Arda has said goodbye to Atletico fans

Arda’s other potential option would have been to play for the Barcelona ‘B’ team - although it was uncertain whether this would have been allowed by the league.

Atletico have agreed with the industrious winger, who has a €41 million release clause in his contract, for his situation to be resolved by July 8 should a good offer come in.

Arda has already said his goodbyes to the Atletico supporters via a video posted on his Facebook page and is ready to embark on the next chapter of his career, away from the Vicente Calderon.

Chelsea move would depend on sales

With Juan Cuadrado and Willian already at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho is unlikely to make a formal move for Arda, even though the Turk has made it clear he would love to work under the revered Portuguese coach in west London.

But the situation could change if Chelsea successfully offload either Cuadrado or Willian, who have both been linked with moves to Spanish and Italian clubs over the past week.

Should one of the right-sided wingers leave, it would free up a space for Arda to join Chelsea.

Where would he play at United?

But it’s unclear where Louis van Gaal plans to play the winger should he join the Red Devils instead this summer.

Although a versatile player, Arda’s best position is on the right wing, where Manchester United will deploy their £31 million summer signing Memphis Depay next season.

Depay is capable of playing wide left, too, but Angel di Maria is expected to fill that position next season following his impressive performances for Argentina at the Copa America.

Where will Arda Turan be playing his football next season? Would he be a success in the Premier League? Have your say in the comments below!

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