Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Barcelona midfielder Turan loaned to Basaksehir until 2020

Barcelona midfielder Turan loaned to Basaksehir until 2020

The clubs have agreed a two-and-a-half-season loan deal for the 30-year-old Turkey midfielder, who has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place since moving to Barcelona in 2015.

"Barcelona and Basaksehir agree on a loan deal for the Turkish player for the remainder of the season and two more".

The departure comes as Barca look to lighten their wage bill following the signings of Phillipe Coutinho and central defender Yerry Mina during the past week and it is thought that veteran defender Javier Mascherano could also abandon the club before the end of January.

The two clubs had reached a loan agreement for the 30-year-old Turkish global, but did not disclose the financial value of the deal, reports Efe.

"Turan made just 55 appearances for Barça in two-and-a-half years, scoring 15 goals".

"During this period Barca reserve the right to transfer the player to a club belonging to UEFA, and will receive a variable fee according to his performances", said the Barca statement.

Arda Turan will see out the rest of his Barcelona contract on loan at Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.

Turan quit the national team in June 2017 but changed his mind a month later after positive talks with new head coach Mircea Lucescu.

"In that time he has won 6 trophies: 1 league championship, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Club World Cup and 1 European Super Cup".

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