Arda Turan has endured an unusual start to his Barcelona career since joining from Atletico Madrid in July 2015.
The Turkey international has made just 38 competitive appearances despite being at the Nou Camp for nearly 15 months due to the transfer ban imposed on the club during his arrival.
Turan was forced to wait until January for his Barcelona debut and subsequently earned only nine starts in La Liga during his first season under Luis Enrique.
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His frustrating start to life at the Catalan club generated speculation he could be sold a matter of months after putting pen to paper – a situation which naturally caught the attention of several clubs.
The 29-year-old has revealed at least one mystery club made a legitimate offer which his employers promptly rejected.
Turan – who was tipped to follow a growing cast of superstar names flocking to the Chinese Super League – has confirmed a bid was put forward by a club from the wealthy region.
He, as per ESPN, told Turkish outlet Beyaz TV: "Last season, a club from China offered €50m to sign me, but Barcelona rejected the offer.
“Barcelona did not sign me just for six months. I am at Barcelona as part of a long-term project.”
Despite the difficulties involved with his transfer, it seems unlikely Barcelona would have considered cashing in on Turan so soon after forking out £24 million to acquire his services.
The playmaker is one of the best in his position on his day – and has since reminded the La Liga giants why they poached him from Atletico.
Turan has found the net twice and set up three goals in the league so far this campaign, while offering a constant threat in the final third with his deft technique and impressive vision.
The Turk might not be the first name on Enrique’s team sheet, but he likely would have regretted seeing the back of him in exchange for €50 million last season.
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