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Arda Turan: Where should the Atletico Madrid star go?

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Atletico Madrid forward Arda Turan is set to leave his club, that's been made fairly obvious from numerous reports and the Twitter rumour mill.

The Turkish international has played a key role in the rise of Atletico over the last few seasons and has become a fan favourite at the club. At 28-years-of-age Turan is statistically at the peak of his career. If he is to move on he will want first-team football and a promise of success to fulfil this peak years.

Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United are the three clubs most heavily linked with his signature, but what club would serve the best purpose for arguably Turkey's finest ever footballer?

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Barcelona

Despite having a transfer ban Barcelona have been very active in the transfer window and have identified Turan as a prime target. The Atletico man possesses the technical ability and work ethic to fit in with Barca's style of play, but where would he play? 

The current Barca forward line is something that any player in the history of the game would struggle to force their way in to. Turan is certainly not a sufficient candidate to replace one of the 'MSN' - Messi, Suarez and Neymar - so would have to settle for the bench if he was planning on playing there.

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A strong possibility could be that Barca see him as an heir to the legendary Andres Iniesta. Turan has all the attributes to be a success in the role, with his dribbling, range of passing and ability to produce something special.

However it doesn't seem realistic that Turan would become a first-team regular at this current time at Barca. Despite the success he would probably gain at the club on a personal level his career may stagnate due to lack of football. Not the ideal option.

Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has guided United back to the Champions League and is now desperate for world-class talent to take the Red Devils further.

Turan certainly falls into the category of world-class and would be seen as a marquee signing. The system in place at United would probably suit him as well with their emphasis on creative wingers.

Competition would certainly be an issue that Turan would have to consider at United with the aforementioned Mata, Angel Di Maria, Ashley Young and new signing Memphis Depay all fighting for places.

Turan for me is arguably the best of the bunch on paper, with the only exception possibly being Di Maria.

However, would signing for United be a step up for Turan? The club are enduring an extreme lack of success in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era and trophies are hard to come by at Old Trafford. Turan will surely want to significantly add to his medals at this point in his career and this may be a struggle at United.

Chelsea

I've saved the best option for last. Chelsea seem for me the best option for Turan as the club are close to becoming one of Europe's greatest sides once again and are by far the finest team in England.

Jose Mourinho's emphasis on work ethic and defensive work is something that would suit Turan ideally and see him as the ideal replacement for Oscar. Oscar has suffered due to his lack of defensive contribution and he has been linked with moves away from his club recently.

Francesc Fabregas has been used in his role at times during the season but it seems clear that his best position is far deeper in the midfield. For me Turan would be the perfect fit at Chelsea; his robust and energetic style of play must appeal to Mourinho and technically there are very few better than the Atletico man.

It is also more than likely he would achieve his desired success at Chelsea while also possibly becoming a crucial member of the squad. A perfect match? Possibly.

Chelsea fans, do you think Turan would make for a good addition to Mourinho's squad? Let us know in the comments box below.

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