Juventus have reportedly joined the already congested race for Barcelona’s surplus-to-requirements midfielder Arda Turan.
Already marked as a target by Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea this week, Turan is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most sought after midfielders. This follows similar expressions of interest from Turkish sides Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, his former club.
According to Marca, the Serie A champions are making provisions for the seemingly inevitable departure of Paul Pogba from Manchester United this summer and the €24 million-rated Turkey international has been earmarked as a solid replacement.
Turan only joined Barcelona last summer but didn’t play for the La Liga champions until January due to a FIFA transfer ban previously imposed on the club. After a mediocre season that saw the former Atletico Madrid star play only 15 times, Turan hasn’t made the grade and been promptly put up for sale by the Catalan club.
Chelsea’s Antonio Conte is reportedly keen to make Turan a key figure in his team next season, and with Arsene Wenger also looking to build his own squad for one last push for a fourth Premier League title Juventus will certainly not have it all their own way if they do decide to submit an offer for the highly rated midfielder.
For now, all interested parties are keeping their powder dry, seemingly unwilling to be the first to make a move, as if for fear of starting a bidding war.
However, if Pogba does finally leave for Manchester United, it is fair to say that with the £100 million fee expected for the Frenchman Juventus will have enough cash in reserve to see off the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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