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5 destinations for Barcelona outcast Arda Turan

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Published 10 Jan 2018, 10:30 IST
10 Jan 2018, 10:30 IST

Deportivo de La Coruna v FC Barcelona - La Liga
Arda Tuan is expected to leave Barcelona this month

Admit it, you’ve forgotten about Arda Turan. The Turkish magician became a revelation at Atletico Madrid but since his move to Barcelona in 2016, things have turned a little sour.

36 games in just under two seasons doesn’t sound that bad but when you’re comfortably away from starting, even with injuries, and about to run 31, it’s maybe time to look elsewhere. Luckily for him, other clubs across the globe haven’t forgotten what kind of impact he can have, hence the interest from a variety of different teams.

Here’s a look at five sides that could be possible destinations for the Turkish international in the winter transfer window:

#5 Arsenal

The Gunners have an excellent starting eleven. While most of the attention is on two of the biggest names in Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are running out their contracts, everyone has forgotten that they’ve gotten incredibly thin behind them.

Alex Iwobi is a good player but when Danny Welbeck is more of a striker, Theo Walcott is on his way out and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now at Liverpool, so they need more attackers. In steps Turan, who can play all across the attacking line, whether that be through the middle behind the striker or on either wing.

Admittedly, this isn’t a team that the Turk can expect to start with. Thomas Lemar is still very much on their radar and at his age, Arsene Wenger would immediately see him as his best secondary option and will give the team extra depth they’ll need to push for the top four in the second half of the season.

Will that be enough to satisfy him? Will it encourage him to get back to the form we saw circa 2014? That is where this one maybe falls a little but if the opportunity arose, he would certainly jump at it.

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