Barcelona are ready to part with Arsene Wenger
This summer promises to be a time of significant roster upheaval for Barcelona. Evidently the sale of Turkish star Arda Turan will be the first of many transactions for the Catalan giants.
Spanish sources report that Turan will head to Arsenal for a relatively modest transfer sum of just £30 million. For the most part, Turan has struggled at Barcelona since making the big-money move from Atletico Madrid. He’ll view the move to North London as a chance to establish himself as a regular member of Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.
From the Barcelona perspective, this move is all about clearing out superfluous talent. Turan is a good player, but he wasn’t going to move the needle for the La Liga giants. Whoever takes over for Luis Enrique will be happy to have the ability to use the proceeds from Turan’s sale to bring in a midfielder they prefer.
Arsene Wenger no doubts see this move as a real boost to his short-term future with the Gunners. All signs point to the French manager getting the chance to manage Arsenal for an additional two seasons after the current campaign. As such, he’ll be motivated to bring in players who can help his club win matches right away.
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Purchasing Turan is certainly a move for the present. Not many wide attacking players improve after they hit 30 years of age. That’s precisely how old Turan will be when he makes the projected move to England.
Even so, he’s shown enough for Barcelona for Arsenal officials to believe he can help the squad right away. The Gunners are going to need to completely revamp their attack if they lose Alexis Sanchez this summer. Turan can’t replicate what the talented Chilean does on the pitch, but he can trouble opposing defenses in his own way.
Arda Turan making the move from Barcelona to Arsenal is a move that should suit all parties involved. The Catalan giants get some transfer cash plus a roster spot. Turan gets the chance to become a starter again and Arsenal get a much-needed immediate infusion of talent. It’s a rare win-win-win in the transfer market.