There are conflicting stories on where the Newcastle bid for Arda Turan stands today, but there are pieces of news our good readers in Turkey are sending to us, which we’ll pass on.
Arda Turan – transfer moving forward? – hopefully yes
First of all there is an official statement on the Galatasaray web-site (galatasaray.org), under a headline of A Forced Statement:
â€œAccording to various news sources there have been reports regarding Arda being transferred.”
“None of these claims reflect the truth. Arda Turan has a 5 year contract with the club.”
“And him being transferred to another club is out of the question.â€
The above is the translation sent to us by one of our readers in Turkey.
The Turkish press today have also said that Newcastle’s initial bid of Â£9M for Turan has been rejected, because the Turkish club want Â£11-Â£13M.
Arda has also been speaking about the transfer to the Turkish TV, and says his representatives have met with officials of Newcastle United, and that a deal is not far off.
A fee of 14M euros (Â£11.2M) is being mentioned on TV, with wages of Â£2M a year (Â£40K/week).
From those comments it looks like Newcastle may have already increased their bid, as they try to complete the deal before the Euro 2008 Championships start on Saturday.
It could well be that Newcastle are trying to seal the deal now, with the actual official signing being at the end of Euro 2008.
That would make a lot of sense from Newcastle’s viewpoint, and it appears that Turan is not against the move to Newcastle.
Finally there is an amusing piece from Yahoo!â€™s â€˜Transfer Talkâ€™ feature which says the following:
“Newcastle are thanking their lucky stars that Galatasaray winger Arda Turan is a fan of the film GOAL!”
“In the film a talented but impressionable foreign youngster, who knows no better, fulfills a lifetime ambition by joining the St Jamesâ€™ Park club”
Not sure what they mean by saying “who knows no better”. In the sequel to GOAL, the player (Santiago) goes to Real Madrid, so Newcastle are in good company.
I took my wife to that film, and lo and behold she thought it was a good movie, but because of the romantic pieces.
But it was great for Geordies abroad to see the Newcastle landscape again and watching Santiago eating black pudding (he was told “you don’t want to know what’s in it!”).
Here is a synopsis of the GOAL film for those who haven’t seen it:
Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer.
However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that–a dream.
Until, one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for the famous Premiership club Newcastle United.
We thought it was a great advertisement for the club, and it would be something if it helps to get Arda to our club.
We’ll take anything at all that can help us.
OK – we admit we inserted “the famous” in the synopsis of the film. 😀