News today in the Newcastle Journal that Newcastle have officially launched a bid for 21 year old Galatasaray winger Arda Turan.
Arda Turan – Newcastle make initial Â£9M offer
The initial bid Newcastle have made is said to be Â£9M, which is a good first bid, even thought the news is that Galatasary value the player at Â£13M.
Itâ€™s good that Newcastle have made their early bid before the Euro Championship start because if the boy plays well in the European games, there will be lots of clubs in for the player.
Newcastle will now hope that the Turkish club will give a swift response to their initial offer for the attacking midfielder.
We think they may give an initial response but weâ€™d be surprised that at this stage itâ€™s anything other than to turn it down, because itâ€™s obviously in their interests to hope that Arda has a great tournament for Turkey, when his price will go up.
It will be a coup for Newcastle if they can tie this deal up this week, and it does show the club’s intent to go after top players..
It does seem rather strange bidding for Turan after we are selling our only other Turkish player Emre, to Fenerbahce, who are Galatasaray’s biggest rivals. It would seem that Emre could have been an attraction for Turan to come to Newcastle.
We’ll have to hope that Emre gives young Arda a glowing reference for the club.
Other teams said to be interested in Turan already include Barcelona, Villarreal, Fiorentina and AC Milan.
Turan is just 21 years old but has played 60 times for Galatasaray with 20 goals, and has already played for Turkey 19 times, and he has scored one goal for his country.
Arda can play on the left wing or in a withdrawn role just behind the strikers, so he would complement Newcastle’s options, if we can get him.
UEFA.com describes him as a combative young midfielder with high levels of vision and technique and exceptional passing ability.
Sounds good to us.