Arsenal prepare €24m move for Arda Turan
Arsenal are monitoring Atletico Madrid star Arda Turan in preparation for a summer swoop to sign the Turkish international.
The Gunners have been interested in the 26-year-old attacking midfielder for the past season according to the players agent Ahmet Bulut.
“There are a few clubs interested, Liverpool are one, and so are Arsenal," Bulut said speaking to TRT during the January transfer window.
"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."
Liverpool have been linked with Arda in the past however, Chelsea are reported to be interested in putting in a €24 million offer which would trigger the Turkish internationals release clause.
Arda has been linked with Arsenal a number of times in the past and was close to agreeing terms with the Premier League in January according to Spanish reports.
The 26-year-old is a versatile winger, capable of playing on either flank as well as central attacking positions but his price tag has put Arsenal off in the past.
However, Arsene Wenger has recently been underlining the clubs strong financial position and has hinted that he will be spending this summer.
“We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially," Wenger said at his pre-QPR press conference.
Former vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Club also believes that the North London club will be strengthening the squad this summer.
"The fact is he has to strengthen the team and I know he will do that," Dein told The Sun.
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 featuring 29 times in the La Liga this season.
Arda was part of the Europa League and Super Cup winning Atleti side in 2011-12. The Atleti playmaker has four goals and eight assists in all competitions this season.