Barcelona have announced the signing of Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid. The La Liga winners will pay Turan’s release fee of €41million (just over £29million), with €34million being paid up front along with €7million in variables. The 28-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp.
Turkey international Turan had been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent weeks so Monday night’s announcement has come as a surprise. Manchester United were linked last week but rumours over the past few days suggested that a move to Chelsea could be on the cards.
In the end, Barcelona’s management committee negotiated a deal that gives the Catalan side the option to cancel by 20 July. Barcelona’s presidential election takes place on 18 July and the transfer has to be rubber-stamped by the successful candidate. Atletico will be given 10 percent of the initial fee – €3.4million – as compensation if the sale fails to go through.
It is thought that coach Luis Enrique specifically demanded that the club sign Turan but with clubs in the Premier League interested it was decided to do the deal now rather than wait until 18 July by which time Turan might not be available.
Turan moved to Atletico from Turkish side Galatasaray in 2011. He tried to leave last summer. However, Ateltico managed to talk him into staying for another season.
But Turan won’t be able to play for Barcelona until 1 January when the club’s worldwide transfer embargo expires. The embargo was placed after the club were found guilty of signing under-age players.