This will not come as a big shock to Newcastle fans, but Arda Turan will not be coming to Newcastle this summer.
Arda Turan – agent says he will be moving to Italy
So we’ll get neither Turan or Arshavin this summer, so we’ll have to move onto whatever other players are on the list.
Although we missed out on Modric, Turan and Arshavin, all three are excellent players, and it shows we’re after class, as Kevin has repeatedly said he needs.
But we’ve done so bad in the league since Bobby Robson left in 2004, that we’re no longer a big club that can necessarily attract the very best.
Let’s hope we can start changing that next season.
Ahmet Bulut, who is also the agent of Newcastleâ€™s FenerbahÃ§e-bound midfielder Emre, told the Italian sports paper Corriere dello Sport today:
â€œThere will be a decision next week when the European Championships have ended and we will reveal all then,â€
â€œA lot of clubs have contacted me about Arda, even though the asking price for him has risen.”
“Milan and Juventus are both interested and we will start speaking about things on Monday.”
“However, I confirm that next season Arda Turan will play in Italy.â€
Bulutâ€™s statement directly contradicts what Arda himself said earlier this week that he would like to play in either Spain or England.
Kevin Keegan has been back at the office since Monday, but surprisingly hasn’t given any interviews yet, so we expect he’s heads down with Dennis Wise and new Managing Director Derek Llambias, and sorting out who’s available and who our targets will now be.
We’re 0-3 in the transfer market this season, but we have seen lots of good players in Euro 2008, and there are still others available that could do a job for us next season, so we’ll have to keep our heads up until we start to see players moving to the club.