Barcelona are reportedly ready to sell Arda Turan to fund the new contract for Lionel Messi. The Catalan giants see the Turkish international surplus to requirements and are willing to let him go.
Turan has been a target for Chinese Super League sides for quite some time, and the La Liga giants are ready to let him go in the summer. Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be keen on signing the former Atletico Madrid forward.
Messi’s contract at the Camp Nou runs out in the summer of 2018. He is yet to sign an extension and reports suggest he is unsettled at the club. Despite all this, Barcelona are still looking to tie down the superstar.
Barcelona completed the signing of Turan from Atlético Madrid for €34 million, (plus €7 million in variables) in the summer of 2015. But because of their transfer ban, they could only register him in January 2016.
An unnamed Chinese Super League side made a €50 million bid for the Turkish international even before he made his Barcelona debut, but the club rejected the offer straight away. He was the subject of another €50 million bid in the January transfer window this year, but it was dismissed by the Camp Nou side again.
Barcelona’s main agenda right now is to find a new manager for the club and also get Lionel Messi’s contract renewed. The search for the manager is already on with Jorge Sampaoli, Eusebio Sacristán, Ronaldo Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino, Ernesto Valverde, Juan Carlos Unzué and even Arsene Wenger linked with the job.
Messi’s contract situation is one that needs to be solved right now. There has been no progress in the case, and the talks have stalled since November 2016. The Argentine wants to stay, but there are a few conditions he has, which the board is not keen on agreeing.
Arda Turan has not been able to force himself into the starting XI and has been more of an impact sub in his Barcelona career. He has managed a lot of starts, but that is only when the main players are rested, injured or suspended.
Turan is highly likely to be sold in the summer to a Chinese club more than anyone else. The club and the player would benefit financially from this move and with the forward already in his 30s, he would not mind running there.
Selling Turan to fund Messi’s contract sounds weird, especially for a club like Barcelona who are financially sound.
Neymar totally annoyed by the rumor of Real!
It’s been just three months since Neymar became Parisian that the rumors giving it start to emerge. Indeed, some say that if the Brazilian joined the PSG, it is not to stay in the long term but simply to join Real Madrid without having to make a direct transfer between the two enemies of Liga: Barça and Casa Blanca.
Already very touched by the rumors explaining a certain malaise in Paris, which caused his crying in a press conference, the one who yesterday scored twice this time reacted quite differently to a question on a potential transfer. While the journalist had not finished asking him if it was possible to see him leave the Paris Saint-Germain, he dropped a scathing: You are painful with that « , leaving the mixed zone. See instead.
On the same evening, Neymar returned to the state of form of his team, and wants to be patient: « We must keep our feet on the ground. We know very well that everything we do in this phase of hens will no longer count in the next round. We are in a good period, but we must continue. «
The big lie Lionel Messi!
While his extension is still expected from FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi is far from considering a departure for Manchester City. Pep Guardiola would not want it.
In the British press, this information is presented as « shocking ». No, Lionel Messi should not become one of the new Premier League stars by joining Manchester City. If the British tabloids are trying to stir up trouble in recent months, the Spanish media Don Balon believes that this is a « big lie » because « La Pulga » should stay at FC Barcelona, even if its extension to in 2018 is still not official.
It’s simple, Pep Guardiola would not consider strengthening his staff with the Argentine prodigy. On the one hand, the Catalan coach does not really want to put Blaugranas fans back on their heels by stealing the idol of Camp Nou. Above all, the two concerned do not necessarily get along very well, no matter if they took everything with the FCB during 4 seasons (2008-2012). Their relationship was even rather tense during the last season of Guardiola on the bench of Barcelona.
Since, the exchanges between the two men are limited to simple formulas of politeness, like « how are you? », « Good luck » or « take care of you », if one believes Don Balon. It certainly did not prevent Pep Guardiola to praise Lionel Messi recently, claiming that the native of Rosario was the best player in the world « not because he is able to dribble 3 or 4 players », but « Because it does it better than anyone ».
Valverde explains why Messi was on the bench
At the start of the Group D Champions League match, FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde decided to leave Messi on the bench. While the « Pulga » was not injured, the Catalan technician explained his choice after the meeting.
« Leo has played a lot since the beginning of the season. Like all, he is a little tired. We thought it could open more in the second half and it was useful to give him some rest in preparation for the championship. If we had lost, we would have talked about this choice differently, but these are choices that must be made. There is always a risk to play without him, but it’s a wise choice, « Valverde told reporters in a press conference.
By only playing half an hour to the Argentinean, came into play in the 55th minute, Valverde surely had in mind the Sunday in Liga against Valencia.
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