Manchester United have opened talks with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the hope of securing a deal for Turkish winger Arda Turan. The 27-year-old will cost the Red Devils around £16 million - and United plan to offset that cost by selling Nani to Arsenal.
This is according to the Metro, who cite reports in France as claiming the player is keen to open talks with the Premier League giants over a summer move.
However, it’s believed that Atletico - who pipped Barcelona and Real Madrid to the La Liga title in the most remarkable circumstances last season - would prefer to sell the player to AS Monaco.
The French outfit may be able to put together a more lucrative package for the Madrid-based team who have already lost key players this summer.
Star striker Diego Costa and left-back Filipe Luis have joined Chelsea, while revered goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has returned to Stamford Bridge after his loan expired. Brazilian playmaker Diego Ribas has also moved to Fenerbahce.
According to recent reports, Arsenal are keen to sign Nani, which would allow United boss Louis van Gaal to bring Turan to Old Trafford.
At the moment, though, the clubs are believed to be apart in their valuation of the player. While Arsenal are prepared to pay £9 million for the Portuguese winger, who has endured a frustrating past two seasons with the Red Devils, United want at least £11 million.
Van Gaal still has plenty of cash to spend, if required, this summer; however, the veteran Dutch coach must free up a space in his squad in order to add the gifted Turan to his ranks.
Arda Turan: Scout report
Turan has been one of La Liga’s most consistent wingers in La Liga over the past three seasons, since arriving at the Vicente Calderon from Galatasaray.
More of a creator than a goalscorer, Turan possesses extraordinary technique and a superb work ethic. Van Gaal, who is evidently a fan, appears to be considering the player as a potential upgrade on Antonio Valencia, whose performances have dipped over the past few campaigns.
Turan keen on Premier League
While Barcelona and Real Madrid were linked with a move for Turan last summer, it’s believed that the winger has been holding out for a move to England.
And having won the La Liga title with Atletico - and reached the Champions League final - he may feel that he has achieved all he can under Diego Simeone at the Vicente Calderon.
Manchester United fans: would you be happy to see Turan at Old Trafford? Would you prefer to see Juan Cuadrado, perhaps? Leave a comment in the box below with your thoughts.
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