We haven’t heard much in the last couple of days on what the status is with our pursuit of Turkish 21 year-old star Arda Turan.
Arda Turan – Newcastle still trying to do a deal
The latest situation, we think, is that Galatasary have priced their star player Turan at â‚¬16M (Â£12.8M) and Newcastle are unofficially willing to pay around â‚¬11M (Â£8.8M) for the player.
That leaves Newcastle around Â£4M short of Galatasarayâ€™s asking price and we don’t know what is happening right now with the bid.
But this is way too like what happened with Luka ModriÄ‡ in early April, when there seemed to be a similar stalemate in the negotiations, and then Spurs stepped in and tied up the deal in less than 24 hours.Â Â The reports from Turkey are also suggesting there are a number of German clubs in for the player.
We would think Newcastle would table an increased offer for the player, but Newcastle’s apparent dithering may be opening the door again for Tottenham, in their endeavor to capture the Galatasaray midfielder.
Turan’s skillful style of play has been likened to the great Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi, and while Newcastle are still said to be favorites to sign the youngster, the deal is anything but closed.
Newcastle are obviously keen to get the deal done before Euro 2008 starts on June 7th, but it seems, without knowing the exact details of the negotiations, we could do with beingÂ a bit more decisive when we pursue a player.
We don’t want to unduly criticize the club inÂ their efforts, since these transfers today are anything but easy, and we are not privy to the negotiations.
But it’s also important to move with lightning speed, if we are indeed to pull off some much wanted coups, in the summer transfer market.