BARCELONA TO TRADE ARDA TURAN FOR COUTINHO

Reports in Spain claim Barcelona are willing to let ArdaTuran join Liverpool this summer as the Catalan side remain desperate for the signature of Philippe Coutinho.


Barca have been linked with the player for long but the Reds are insistent on keeping the playmaker.

Barcelona, who are searching for new employers for Turan, want to use the former Atletico Madrid man as a deal sweetener to convince Anfield to release Coutinho to them. Turan joined in 2015 but he had to wait until the following year to have his debut due to a transfer ban.

The Turk faced a tough time initially but seemed to find his feet with time. His ball control and dribbling skills were not enough to immerse him in the team. He was a top attacking talent at Vicente Calderon but he has not been able to make his mark at the Nou Camp.

Coach Jurgen Klopp is keen on retaining the Brazilian as he is an integral part of his team but Barcelona are insistent. They want Turan to help the Reds fill the void that would be left if Coutinho leaves. The diminutive former Inter Milan playmaker has found widespread acclaim since moving to the Merseyside. He is one of the best players in the top tier of English football. His display earns him regular invitation to the star studded national team.

Barcelona want the South American to join the ranks and develop into one of the most important players for the club. With Andres Iniesta set to retire soon and age likely to start slowing down Messi, a succession plan is in appropriate. Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes has struggled to reach required levels and there are threats over the future of Neymar.

It would be a very good opportunity to let go of Turan, one of the numerous stars the club want to dispose. There is Thomas Vermaelen, Sergi Samper, Munir El Haddadi, Douglas Pereira and others.



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