Arsenal linked with Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan
Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan has been linked with an end of season move to Arsenal.
The speculation is centered around comments made by agent Ahmet Bulut claiming the 25-year-old midfielder will be leaving Atleti at the end of the season.
Bulut told Turkish state broadcasting service TRT, "Arda has played at Atletico Madrid for two seasons now. I have wanted to see him play for another team in another league and Arda wants the same.
"We are working on making this happen, Atletico know what our intention is and are working with us. If all goes well, Arda will leave the Madrid club at the end of this season."
The Turkish agent also went onto state that Arda will be joining one of five-six unmentioned clubs.
Bulut said, "I can't say the league or you'll know exactly who I'm talking about but let's just put it like this, there are only 5-6 clubs which could afford Arda right now and he's going to join one of these five clubs."
Arsenal will have to part with €24 million to release Arda's minimum fee release clause. Traditionally the club have a reputation as having a frugal transfer policy.
However, with Arsene Wenger's future at Arsenal in question and the board revealing that the club will be in a strong financial position to spend on transfer's Arda is the type of player who would fit the Arsenal mould.
Arda has had his name associated with a move to the Gunners a number of times, especially following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
The Turkish international playmaker is the type of player who would adjust well into the Arsenal system, a technically gifted talent, capable of playing on either wing as well as through the middle and would offer a spark of creativity.
Reports from the French, Spanish and Turkish media suggest Wenger is interested in Arda however, Bulut has stated that no official offers have been made.
Bulut said, "There have been no offers from Arsenal or Liverpool for Arda yet."
Prior to Arda's move to Atleti, Bulut said, “There are a few clubs interested, Liverpool are one, and Arsenal. There are no official or concrete offers at the moment but two clubs have spoken about wages.
"He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger because he is very good at working with young players, and Arda wants to work in England."
Arda was signed by the Rojiblancos in 2011 for €12 million making him the most expensive transfer to leave the Turkish Super League.
The Turkish international has become an integral part of Diego Simeone's Atleti side making 15 starts for the La Liga side currently in second position.
Arda was part of the Europa League and Super Cup winning Atleti side in 2011-12. The Atleti playmaker has four goals and six assists in seven games for the La Liga outfit this season.
A number of other Premier League clubs including Liverpool are also reported to be monitoring Arda's situation carefully.