Turkish international Arda Turan has been attracting interest from across Europe, especially from English duo Manchester United and Liverpool. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been in great form for his club this season.
Turan has been linked with a move to the Premier League many times before, with Arsenal apparently very keen on the midfielder in previous years. Now United and Liverpool have both been sending their scouts to watch Turan in action.
The Express reports that both clubs are ready to meet Turan's release clause. However, that release clause is a huge £33m. I find it hard to believe either club will be willing to part with that much money. Turan obviously is a very talented player and would be a great addition for either club, but £33m is a lot to part with.
United were trying to spend a lot of money in the summer, with numerous bids being rejected. They ended up overspending on Marouane Fellaini, forking out £27.5m on him, when they could have met his much cheaper release clause earlier in the summer.
It could be the same situation with Arda Turan. Before signing a new deal with Atletico Madrid in September, his release clause was around £24m. Therefore if either club was seriously interested in the Turkish player, they would have made their move then.
United have been criticised for the Fellaini deal, as it seemed like a panic buy. They would certainly be cautious of overspending again. It would be the same situation as Fellaini. Spending extra money on a player, that could have been signed for a lot less money in the summer.
It seems to be that this could be a case of media interest due to the player's great form this season. He has contributed three goals and five assists to Atletico Madrid's impressive start to the season. I find it unlikely that Turan will move in January and certainly not for the price being quoted.
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