Iniesta was quoted in the Marca as saying the following about the bearded winger: “A really great player, sensationally talented. If he ends up coming, he’ll be welcome. He’ll add to the squad. It’s always important to improve the team”.
Barcelona presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu sparked off speculation that Turan could be joining the La Liga champions over the transfer window.
“He’s [Arda Turan] a good player, with great quality and perfectly matches what Luis Enrique is wanting this coming season, which is why I, as a pre-candidate, urge the interim committee to take the necessary steps to sign the player. When all parties are in agreement, and above all the manager, that the player is the one we need, the thing to do is to bring him in under the best conditions possible,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.
Radio Cadena SER did however, reveal that the Barcelona board ruled out a move Turan and will not sanction an offer for the bearded winger until after the elections on 18 July.
Meanwhile Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut stated that his client would be joining a new team within the next few days and also hinted at a move to England.
“He intends to leave Spain this summer. It is his will to go out to play in the Premiership, that is where he would like to continue his career at this time,” Bulut told AS.
The 28-year-old will however, definitely be leaving Atleti after his transfer request was accepted by the 2013-14 La Liga champions.