Arda Turan: Barcelona midfielder joins Istanbul Basaksehir on loan

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2018

This week, the Turkish Super Lig leaders stated that a move for Arda was close to being finalised.

Barcelona have confirmed that Arda Turan is set to leave the club and join Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half year loan deal.

The 30-year-old will hope a move back to Istanbul-the city in which he began his senior career with Galatasaray-will give him the freedom he once enjoyed so much at the Vicente Calderon, where he first burst on to the scene as a big success in La Liga. Basaksehir's buy-out options remained unspecified.

Turan joined the club from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($41.46 million) plus add ons in July 2015, winning six trophies but only making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals.

During his time at Camp Nou, Arda won medals in LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana, but failed to hit the same high standards he produced at Atleti.

Turan quit the Turkey national team in June 2017.

The club's president Goksel Gumusdag took charge of the negotiations, finally striking a deal with Barca's CEO Oscar Grau late in the week ahead of Saturday's announcement.

Spanish giants Barcelona have this morning confirmed that out of favour midfielder/attacker Arda Turan has finally departed the club, following a lengthy spell of speculation regarding his future.

On 7 December 2016, Turan scored his first hat-trick for Barcelona during a Champions League group stage match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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