According to the Daily Mail on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Arda Turan wants to join Chelsea in a £29m deal this summer.
Arda Turan’s future has appeared to be away from Atletico ever since AS first reported that the 28-year-old had begun talks with Manchester United and Chelsea.
Arda Turan has a €41m release clause in his contract with the Rojiblancos, and his agent admitted that Turan would prefer a move to the Premier League.
Indeed, the Turkish star confirmed on Twitter that he is in transfer talks “with 3-4 clubs”.
The transfer rumors are not entirely correct. My agent is currently in touch with 3-4 clubs. I will update you all if a deal is made.
— Arda Turan (@ArdaTuran10line) June 28, 2015
Now, the Daily Mail have reported that Chelsea is the player’s top choice:
Sources close to Turan have indicated the midfielder prefers a switch to west London, with having the chance to work with Jose Mourinho a big attraction for the Turk.
Just because the player is angling for a switch to Stamford Bridge, however, doesn’t mean the deal will go through.
Chelsea appear to be bothered by the £29m asking price, particularly for a player who would seem to have a limited resale value were he to leave the Blues after a few seasons.
In that regard, the Mail suggest Chelsea are trying to do a deal with Atletico in which defender Felipe Luis would return to the Vicente Calderon as part of the exchange.
Chelsea fans, meanwhile, may be wondering if their club really need to add Arda Turan to their books, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Ramires and Oscar all still part of the squad at Cobham.