Galatasaray are reportedly looking for a sponsor to help complete the signing of Arda Turan from Barcelona in January.
According to a report by Spanish publication Don Balon, Galatasaray remain interested in bringing Arda Turan back to the Turk Telekom Stadium. The Super Lig side are already in discussion with Barcelona to complete a deal in the winter transfer window, but are in need of a sponsor to help pay for the player’s high salary.
Turan’s career has gone pear-shaped ever since he sealed a dream move to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015. Having arrived with a burgeoning reputation of being one of the best attackers in Spain, it was expected that he would not take long to adapt to life at Camp Nou quickly.
Following his belated debut in January 2016 though, Turan has started a mere 23 more games for the Catalan club. His situation has, in fact, become progressively worse at Camp Nou, epitomised by the fact that he has been completely frozen out of the squad following the arrival of Ernesto Valverde.
“I would like him to come to Galatasaray”
Is a January move on the cards for Arda Turan?
— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) November 12, 2017
Despite Neymar’s departure and Ousmane Dembele being sidelined, the 30-year-old is yet to make a single appearance this season. With his prospects unlikely to improve anytime soon, Turan appears set for a move away from Camp Nou in the winter transfer window, with Barcelona keen on offloading him too.
The Turkish attacker was linked with a number of potential suitors in the summer, but boyhood club Galatasaray showed the most concrete of interests, with several members of the club’s hierarchy going on record to express their desire to bring him back to the Turk Telekom Stadium.
The discussions between the Super Lig outfit and Barcelona are at an advanced stage, but the economical restrictions are holding the Turkish giants back. In particular, Turan’s high salary is presenting a problem, with the player insistent on earning the same amount in Istanbul.
Galatasaray are, thus, looking for sponsors to help them pay the wages, and effectively complete the deal. As far as Turan is concerned, he is eager to make a return to his boyhood club to secure regular game time for the first time in more than two years and resurrect his stuttering career.
For now though, the possibility of completing the deal hinges on Galatasaray scoping out a sponsor, and it remains to be seen if the move eventually sees the light of the day.