There is some additional news today on the proposed transfer of Arda Turan to Newcastle.
Arda Turan – Newcastle still interested
We reported last week that Newcastle had already bid about Â£16M for the Turkish 21 year-old, and that they were wisely trying to get the deal completed before the European 2008 tournament starts.
And, not surprisingly, Galatasaray would prefer a deal after the tournament, when the boyâ€™s value could be much higher.
The Turkish international has already played 66 times for Galatasaray and 16 times for Turkey, and the club would be reluctant to move one of their prized assets on so early in his career.
A club source revealed to The News Of The World today:
â€œThe club want to at least wait until Euro 2008 is over.â€“The offer will be considered and they will sell.â€
â€œ They have to be seen to try to keep their best players or the club’s fans will go crazy.â€
Newcastle are reported set beat Middlesbrough to the signing of the Turkish winger.
Coupled with this, it is being reported the transfer will mean the end of Damien Duffâ€™s career at Newcastle, but we donâ€™t believe one word of that.
Gone are the days when you sign one player in a certain position, and another player in that same position has to leave.
It’s all about building a strong squad of players, and Kevin has already said he wants to keep everybody he has right now. The truth is we still have a very small squad and we’ve already lost Ramage, Carr, Troisi and Diatta, with Ameobi also odds on to leave.
It would be stupid of us to let Damien go at this point, in our view.
Turanâ€™s agent Ahmet Bulut confirmed there is a club interested in securing the transfer of Turan, and weâ€˜re sure that club is Newcastle United.
â€œOne club is talking to Galatasaray and asking them to name their price.â€
â€œIf Galatasarayâ€™s request is met, the transfer can happen.â€
But this is also very similar to the situation with Luka Modric, when Tottenham came in at the last moment to sign him.
Unfortunately, we think thereâ€™s a chance his agent, and Galatasaray are hoping a bigger club will come in for the player â€“ so letâ€™s no get our hopes too high right now.
Newcastle should get in quickly and make the deal, or get out.
But they shouldn’t let things drag on for a few days, which only lets other clubs come in and make their own deal.
Speed is of the essence here.
But Turan would certainly be a great signing for us.