Manchester United and Chelsea target could now cost €40 million

Atletico Madrid

Reported Chelsea and Manchester United target Arda Turan is negotiating new contract at Atletico Madrid with a bumper buyout clause.

Turkish winger Arda Turan is one of those players whose name popped up during the transfer window and after, despite his insistence that he is happy at Atletico Madrid.

Reports in Turkey claimed in June than Turan's €24 million buyout clause had been met by Chelsea... and then nothing happened. 

Then just this weekend, further reports in his homeland claimed that Manchester United made a deadline day approach for the winger, and having failed would likely return in January.

Both links came fairly out of the blue, with the player overpriced at that figure and seemingly not a priority for either club. 

And now it all makes sense.

Spanish newspaper AS has reported this Monday that Arda Turan is in talks with Atletico Madrid about extending his contract until 2017.

The international midfielder's agent, Ahmet Bulut has been negotiating over the past few days with the club and is hopeful a deal could even be closed this week.

Which explains where the sudden link with Manchester United came from, despite the fact that on deadline day no approach was reported by any media. Of course that isn't to say it didn't happen, but it's far more likely United's name was being used by the agent as part of negotiations to give Turan a stronger hand.

It wouldn't be the first time that had happened this window, with Bologna's Saphir Taider's agent linking him to Manchester United in order to apply pressure on his club, and he eventually forced through a move to Inter Milan.

AS add: "Simeone is delighted with the midfielder (Arda Turan) and sees him as an absolutely fundamental part of this Atletico."

The report goes onto state that Turan has agreed to increase the release clause in his contract, "The current 24 million, could rise to 40."

That will likely end any faint hopes Premier League clubs had of bringing him in. For if they weren't prepared to pay 24 this summer, only a phenomenal season would encourage them to meet the higher clause.

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