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Atletico Madrid star rejected €24 million move to Chelsea?

Chelsea were claimed to be in for Arda Turan earlier this summer. How close were they?

Chelsea fans may cast their minds back to May and recall the time when the club were linked with signing Arda Turan.

Reports in Turkey claimed he was 'Mourinho's most wanted', and the club were ready to meet the €24 million release clause in his contract.

And then it all seemed to go quiet. Turan did not move to Chelsea, and remains an Atletico Madrid player. Were the reports simply made up or agent talk?

Not according to Spanish newspaper AS, who this week report that Turan turned down numerous offers from abroad to remain at Atletico.

"The decision is firm: Arda will not leave Atletico. There are five teams that have interest in him throughout the summer, but the resolution of the player is unshakable.

"Up to five offers have arrived for him to the offices of Calderon: all very important economically. Even one that tabled his 24 million buyout clause."

The identity of the clubs are not all named in the report, but cross-referencing the figure regarding his release clause along with the reports in his homeland about Chelsea, suggests it may have been the West London club who met the fee - Only to be turned down by the player.

The report adds his former side Galatasaray were one of the teams interested, along with big spenders Monaco who made a bid of €17 million.

If it was indeed Chelsea which made an approach, the Blues should not worry overly. Turan is a superb player, but not one who would necessarily add anything to the squad which Andre Schurrle and Kevin de Bruyne can't.

It's likely he was being lined up as a back-up in case a deal for Schurrle fell through, and bearing that in mind, Chelsea should certainly feel they got the better deal.


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