Barcelona's Turan returns to Turkey on loan

Barcelona's Turan returns to Turkey on loan

Barcelona's Turan returns to Turkey on loan

Barcelona have officially confirmed that Arda Turan will be loaned to Basaksehir in a deal that sees the Turkey worldwide join the club until 2020.

He played just 55 games in all competitions in two years and scored 15 goals.

Barca will maintain the right to sell the midfielder to any other club, though, until the expiry of his contract at Camp Nou in 2020.

Arda opted to join Barca from La Liga rivals Atlético Madrid in July 2015, but a transfer ban imposed on the club meant he did not debut until the following January.

Turan, a 30-year-old Turkish global, made the move to Catalonia in 2015 following a hugely-successful 4-year stint with La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

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The club looked to move him on last summer but his salary, plus the fact he wanted to stay in Catalonia, hindered their hopes of finding a suitor.

Barca forked out an initial 34 million Euro, plus up to 7 million Euro in bonuses for his signature, with the capture seen as quite a coup for the Blaugrana following Turan's stellar spell in the Spanish capital.

The club's president Goksel Gumusdag took charge of the negotiations, finally striking a deal with Barca's CEO Oscar Grau late in the week ahead of Saturday's announcement.

A number of FC Barcelona players have been linked with exits this month, but one player is on the verge of leaving the club, according to his agent.

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