Newcastle United have bid for Galatasaray’s star player Arda Turan, the 21 year-old winger.
Arda Turan - Newcastle have already made bid
There are reports in Turkey filtering through to us from our readers there, that Newcastle have offered Galatasaray Â£16M for 21 year-old Arda Turan, and offered the player annual wages of $2M.
Some translations have been sent to us from one of readers there, Peter, which are taken from the Turkish Newspaper ‘Sabah’.
Apparently Newcastle would like to complete the transfer of the player before Eur 2008 starts, but Galatasary are not keen to sell their star player yet.
Arda Turan, has helped Galatasaray to the top of the league this season, and is said to be receiving lots of offers – many of the proposals have been coming from European clubs.
Arda can play on either wing, and seems to also have a knack for scoring goals, which cannot be bad.
We don’t know exactly where Newcastle stands in the bidding, but it does look like we have again been the first with a firm offer.
That was also the case with Luka Modric, but let’s hope we have more luck this time. Middlesbrough may also be keen on the youngster.
“I want to stick with Galatasaray.”
However, Galatasary management would like to wait until after Euro 2008 before any transfer, and are quoted as saying:
“We should at least wait for EURO 2008. The situation can change if Arda’s price doubles.”
“However, we will keep the offer on hand for now.”
It seems that Newcastle would like to have the transfer all completed as soon as possible, not surprisingly, but the Turkish club would probably like to put Ardan in the shop window of Euro 2008, in the hopes that his transfer price goes up.
www.usfa.com describes him as a combative young midfielder with high levels of vision and technique, and exceptional passing ability.
Arda scored his first hat-trick as a Galatasaray player against Sivasspor on May 4th this year.
The youngster has already played for Turkey 16 times and played for Galatasary 64 times and scored 20 goals.
Years Club App Goals 2004â€“2005 Galatasaray 4 0 2005â€“2006 Manisaspor (loan) 15 2 2006â€“present Galatasaray 60 20 2004-2006 Turkey U-19 18 8 2005-2006 Turkey U-21 3 1 2006- Turkey 16 0
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