Arda Turan is on his way out of Barcelona, and his name has been mentioned a number of times as a possible Arsenal recruit.
The 30 year old has had a patchy time since joining the Catalan club from Atletico Madrid, and is considered surplus to requirements.
In today’s Marca, they say that the Turkish international won’t make life easy for Barca, probably to ensure he gets the best deal possible for himself, and once against North London has been mooted as a possible destination.
There’s not a lot of detail, but basically they say: “The Turkish press insist that Arsene Wenger’s team would be ready to pay €30m for the Barcelona central midfield player.”
In terms of reliability when it comes to transfers, the Turkish press are up there with, you know, the rest of the press. And the Espressino bloke, and that other Italian lad who very obviously makes stuff up.
There’s also the fact that Arsenal would be disinclined to deal with Barcelona in any way this summer due to their interest in Hector Bellerin.
They’ve been using their friends in the press for weeks now to ramp this story up, so it’s hugely unlikely we’ll open any doors for them.
And that’s leaving aside the fact that Turan himself, while a good player, would hardly be the top quality addition that has been promised.
We’re going high on this one.
Note: We are aware of some issues with our Poo-o-Meter at the moment, but we’re going to try a digital enema and see if that helps.