Arda Turan Can Become First Turkish International to Join Barcelona
Twenty-seven-year-old Turkish international midfielder Arda Turan could be on his way out of Atletico Madrid to join former La Liga champions, Barcelona.
Turan wears the No. 10 for Atletico and rightfully so as he has become the gel of the midfield that is full of underrated talent that was the key in making the Champions League final and winning the domestic league title. Turan did not take part in the European final due to injury, but he was an instrumental part of the team all year long in the competition.
He scored seven goals and notched four assists in both competitions, but his passing, ability to hold the ball and take on multiple players at once made him an important piece to the puzzle. He is not known for scoring the most goals or assisting several times. Instead, he will be happy to be the other passing option in the midfield. He is an unselfish player and he learned that perfectly in Madrid.
If he does join Barcelona, his unselfishness, passing ability, dribbling and occasional eye for goal will help the team in its quest to regain the Liga title in addition to winning the Champions League. Here, he has an even better chance at winning as he has more experienced teammates and a hungry coach to lead the helm.
The one thing Turan will not receive at Barca is the No. 10 jersey which belongs to the almighty Lionel Messi. Instead, he may be given his first number that he had during his first season at Atletico — 11. With this, he is not seen as the main playmaker or scorer, but instead a player who plays slightly wider and has to do a bit more for the team as a whole. This is something that he can certainly live up to as now he will not be in the spotlight as much as he was last season.
Turan to Barcelona is wonderful for both parties. Now, all that is left is the signature to make it official.