Arda Turan’s Barcelona career really hasn’t gone to plan, has it?
The Turkey international signed for the Catalan club last summer but wasn’t able to play until the following January due to the club’s transfer ban. Even after the ban had been lifted, the midfielder found it extremely difficult to play regular first-team football at Camp Nou.
If Turan thought that things would be different in his first full season at the club, he’s set to be disappointed. The resigning of Denis Suarez, as well as the big-money purchase of Andre Gomes in a deal that could rise to around £46 million, means that Turan will find minutes on the pitch even tougher to come by next term.
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But, it doesn’t look like Turan will be seen on the Barcelona bench next season. That’s because Catalan newspaper Sport are reporting that the club are trying to force the 29-year-old out of the club.
Last week, the same newspaper reported that Enrique had 'punished' Turan by demanding that he cut his holiday short to return to Barcelona training. At the time, they claimed that Enrique’s decision was so he could assert “some control” on the former Atletico Madrid star.
It now appears that the reason behind Turan's early return to pre-season training was so the Catalan club will have more time to find potential suitors for the playmaker.
So, where will Turan be playing next year if he’s not wanted by Barcelona?
Turan to Arsenal?
Arsenal is certainly a potential destination for the Turk. In fact, according to The Sun, Alexis Sanchez has urged Arsene Wenger to sign Turan.
However, Turan’s agent has appeared to play down the reports linking his client with a move to north London by saying: "No, I haven't heard anything from Arsenal. Arda will be staying at Barcelona."
But, once it becomes common knowledge that Turan is not wanted by Barcelona, expect to see plenty of European clubs competing for Turan’s signature.
Some people may have forgotten his qualities before he made the move to Camp Nou, where he was one of the best midfielders in La Liga during his time at Atleti.
Turan with Barcelona in pre-season
With no deal currently in place to rescue Turan from Barcelona, he will take part in the club’s pre-season tour in Ireland, Sweden and England.
Enrique’s side take on Celtic in Dublin on Saturday, Leicester in Stockholm next Wednesday and Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday, August 6 before they attempt to defend their La Liga trophy.
Turan may well have a new club by the time the team return to Spain.