Arda Turan's agent has revealed that Chelsea were never an option, following the announcement of the player's transfer to Champions League winners Barcelona.
The Turkish star sparked a huge transfer tussle for his services when it was made clear that he would be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer, and the respective champions of England and Spain were thought to be neck and neck in the race to sign him.
Along with tentative suggestions that Manchester United were keeping tabs on Turan’s situation, Chelsea were rumoured to be trying to upset his move to the Nou Camp, which has now officially gone through despite the fact they’re under a transfer ban until January 2016.
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No Chelsea talks
Turan’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, has now revealed that the speculation linking his client with a move to Stamford Bridge was somewhat different to the reality. Jose Mourinho may have been interested, but he certainly didn’t make any serious headway.
“We didn’t talk with Chelsea, Barcelona was the first option. We got an agreement because of Luis Enrique’s insistence," Bulut claimed.
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Interestingly it’s far from the end of the saga regarding Turan, irrespective of the fact that Barca announced the confirmation of said deal on their official Twitter account. With the Catalan club facing an upcoming presidential election nothing is certain regarding the futures of their playing staff.
Whoever is elected from the leading candidates will assume virtually complete control of club affairs as they seek to build upon a treble-winning season, and if Turan isn’t wanted then he’ll find himself shipped out potentially before he’s even kicked a ball for the Blaugrana.
In fact, in a pre-emptive move made to cater for that exact scenario a clause is in his contract meaning Atletico can buy Turan back for less than the €41m fee they are due to receive should Barca’s new president decide he wants to take a different approach.
Back on the market?
It’s unlikely, and completely unthinkable if Josep Bartomeu retains his seat, but Turan might well be back on the market before too long. If he is then Chelsea and United will have another bite at the cherry, though they’ll have to be far more proactive than they were first time around if they want the deal done.
Chelsea fans, are you disappointed Mourinho didn’t push for the signing of Turan? Would he be suited to the Premier League? Let us know in the comments box below.