Andres Iniesta comments on potential Barcelona signing Arda Turan; hails playmaker's quality

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Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan is said to be close to joining Barcelona.

In an interview with the Spanish paper AS, Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta has labelled Arda Turan 'a great player' with 'spectacular quality' amid rumours of the midfielder moving to the Nou Camp.

The Atletico Madrid playmaker’s future has been speculated on heavily over the past 12 months, stemming from his agent Ahmet Bulut previously telling Mundo Deportivo of his desire to leave.

With Real Madrid a no-go, a move abroad seemed the most likely option given the circumstances and who better than Liverpool, a team Turan previously admitted to supporting with a passion.

The Reds, however, have no Champions League football to offer the Turkey international and following Xavi’s departure at Barcelona, a space has opened up for a new midfield acquisition.

As per a report in Diario Sport, the Catalans are said to have already reached an agreement for Turan and amid the reports midfield maestro Andres Iniesta was asked to share his opinion on the matter.

“Arda is a great player, one of talent and spectacular quality. Anything that improves the team is always important. If he comes in the end, he will be welcome. He will come to add [to the team],” Iniesta said.

A possible deadly midfield partnership:

Barcelona have a wealth of midfield talent with the likes of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha and Javier Mascherano giving them plenty of options.

Yet, Turan could arguably offer the Catalans even more balance in there as he boasts both attacking creativity and tireless defensive traits, attributes which stood out at Atletico Madrid.

With Xavi departing, there is space for another acquisition or two and at 28, the former Galatasaray man still has his best years ahead of him and could prove to be an astute addition to the team.

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