Sky Sports is reporting today that Arda Turan would love the chance to play in England.
Arda would love to play in England
But, contrary to recent reports, his agent Ahmet Bulut says there has been no offer made by Newcastle or any other club.
As we reported yesterday the Evening Chronicle has said that Kevin Keegan is not interested in the player, but we donâ€™t know if that a ruse so we can still secure his transfer.
The 21-year-old left winger already has 16 caps to his name and he is very highly-rated by his club Galatasaray.
Bulut told skysports.com today:
“He has three-years left on his contract and any club interested must make an offer, but that has not happened yet,”
“If any club found an agreement then we would have to talk, but if Newcastle reached an agreement than Arda would be open to such a move.
“He would love to play in England – that is not a secret.
“We know there is interest, but I have not heard from anyone – just what I have seen in the newspapers.”
“Arda is doing wonderfully well – he loves Galatasaray and is playing well,”
“He is the best player in Turkey, there is no doubt about that and he will continue to show that this summer.â€
“He is looking forward to playing in Austria & Switzerland [Euro 2008] and I think he will have a big tournament.”
Typical words from an agent who wants to get the best deal for his player.
There’s also news that Newcastle have been told they will need to pay Â£13M for the player, if they want him now, and out information is we may have tabled around Â£8M.
It could be negotiations are still going on behind the scenes, but this shouldn’t drag on too much longer, otherwise one of three things could be true.
He either doesn’t want to join Newcastle, Galatasary want too much money, or it’s all rumor mill, one of these three is probably true.
Late Update: One of our readers in Turkey, Sirvren, is informing us the Turkish newspapers are confirming an Â£11M pounds bid for Arda from Newcastle.Â The Galatasaray board are said to be considering the offer, however Galatasaray fans are totally against the sale, and the price is not enough to convince the supporters.