Barcelona willing to sell ‘Ozil replacement’ to Arsenal for £25m

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Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly willing to sell attacking midfielder Arda Turan to struggling North London outfit Arsenal in a deal rumoured to be in the region of £25 million.

CNN Turk claim that Barcelona has given a thumbs up to this deal keeping in mind a squad overhaul in the summer.

The deal is also seen as some insurance for the Gunners, who now seem resigned to the fact that they will see Mesut Ozil leave the club. The club’s hierarchy believes that Turan can fill the void and will take well to the English Premier League.

The tipping point in this deal, according to the source, is the need for Barcelona to keep in line with the Financial Fair Play constraints.

While the Turkish sports media does often land very unreliable news during the fag end of the season when there isn’t much else of prominence to report, what is interesting to note is that this is a branch of CNN, an otherwise dependable news outlet.

Turkish-Football, another prominent media house in the country, have been in regular contact with Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut who as recently as March denied a similar story.

Speaking to Eren Sarigul of Turkish-Football who was writing an article for ESPN FC, Bulut said, “There is currently no offer, there is nothing to speak of right now.

“I have not been contacted by Arsenal. As I said before, he is happy at Barcelona and has three years left on his contract.”

But, this is football after all. So much changes in the space of even one week that it may not be the smartest thing to trust all comments from earlier.

Eventually, though, it will be Turan who calls the shots. Frustrated at his lack of options for Barcelona, one thing that he does have in his favour is a fat cheque arriving at the end of every week.

Given that he is now 30 years of age, it will prove to be a big decision in his career. In all fairness, this may be his last chance of playing regular football for a top club.

While a move to the Chinese Super League has also been debated, it is reported that Turan is not too keen on following the likes of Carlos Tevez, John Obi Mikel and Graziano Pelle. At least not just yet.

It is worth noting that he is not against the idea of playing in the English Premier League and did recently buy a property in London.

The 30-year-old has had to contend with limited playing time this season, but has still managed 13 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions.

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