Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Barcelona midfielder Turan loaned to Basaksehir until 2020

Barcelona midfielder Turan loaned to Basaksehir until 2020

It is somewhat surprising to see Barca let Turan leave on loan for such a lengthy period of time, given that he is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and a transfer fee and a permanent departure would be more fitting for the 30-year-old.

Ernesto Valverde replaced Enrique last summer and has not given Turan a single minute of competitive football this season.

The Barca man's former club Galatasaray were heavily linked with a bid for their one-time captain, with Arsenal also having been persistently touted as a possible destination for the experienced attacking midfielder/winger.

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However, it was something of a surprise when Arda Turan rejected a move to Galatasaray earlier in the summer transfer window, with the Turkish worldwide failing to impress Valverde.

However, while the fact that Turan has departed the club may not come as much of a surprise, the format of the deal to take him away from Catalunya is something of a head-scratcher.

Barcelona have reached an agreement for Arda Turan to return to Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half year loan deal, the club confirmed on Saturday.

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However, as Barca were under a transfer ban, he was not able to make his debut until January of the following year.

The midfielder claimed six titles with Barcelona: one La Liga, two Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, one Club World Cup and one European Super Cup. "This is not just a transfer for Basaksehir, but a transfer for all of Turkey", club president Goksel Gumusdag said in a statement.

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