£33m star 'would like to work with Arsene Wenger'

Arda Turan Atletico

Is Arda Turan an option for Arsenal?

Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan's agent has spoken of his client's desire to one day work under Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The Turkish international's agent is reported as saying in The Star: "He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger and Arda would like to play in England.

"But Arda will not leave Atletico yet. They are part of the title race and he is a key player.Arda plays for a big club and he will be part of Atletico's success."

If they wanted to sign the attacker, it would cost them a hefty fee. Arda Turan has a release clause in his contract of £33 million, which was successfully negotiated last summer.

The former Galatasaray man was linked to Chelsea last season, and Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked.

While his agent is not showing any sense of urgency regarding any future switch to the Gunners, time may be running out. Turan is 27, above the usual age of a player Arsene Wenger would spent that sort of money on.

For the Gunners, he would be a strong fit. Turan is able to play on both the left and right wing, with the former an area of need for Arsenal.

This season he has five goals and four assists from 21 starts, figures which are not prolific but illustrate a player more than capable of chipping in at a strong title-chasing side.

Turan is also claimed to be the subject of a mystery bid from England at present, with The Metro claiming it could be Manchester United.

For the price, we wouldn't expect it to be Arsenal making the offer. While Turan would like to work alongside Wenger, the admiration could just be unrequited.

The boss admitted last week he had his eye on another La Liga player capable of filling the left wing position- Antoine Griezmann.

The Real Sociedad ace would be cheaper, even if only marginally, but crucially is younger at 22, and has scored more goals this season. Given the choice between the two, we expect Turan to still be playing his football at the Vicente Calderon next season.

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