Arda joins Basaksehir on loan until June 2020

Turkish midfielder Arda Turan of Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder, Arda Turan has joined Turkish side, Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half-year loan.

However, while the fact that Turan has departed the club may not come as much of a surprise, the format of the deal to take him away from Catalunya is something of a head-scratcher.

However, having failed to play a single minute of football for Barca this season, the 30-year-old has moved to Istanbul to kick-start his career.

Turan joined Barcelona in 2015 from Atletico Madrid for £24.2m but with the arrival of club-record signing Philippe Coutinho, the 30-year-old has made a decision to pursue first-team opportunities in Turkey.


"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".

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.

Arda won a league title, the Europa League and reached the Champions League final during his time with Atletico.

Large sections of Barca's fans pleaded with the club to move Turan on over the summer transfer window, but both the board and player repeatedly insisted that a departure was never on the cards.

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