Ahmed Bulut has denied Arda Turan was ever interested in a move to Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona announced the signing of Turkish midfielder Arda Turan on Wednesday night, in an operation costing €34 million plus up to €7 million in variables, thus ending widespread speculation he was heading to the Premier League this summer.
Amongst the strongest contenders for his signature in England, were said to be Chelsea. However, according to comments from agent Ahmed Bulut to NTVSpor, a move to Stamford Bridge was never an option.
"We have never spoken of Chelsea, or with Chelsea. Arda has always had Barça as his primary option." Bulut insisted, dismissing suggestions there were ever any negotiations held with the Premier League champions.
Within the press release on the official club website, Barcelona explained that signing Arda Turan came about: "after negotiations that began months ago."
In the meantime, it's clear that Bulut was keen to form a smokescreen of disinformation around his client, stating just over a week ago to Catalan outlet Sport: "It's true the player wants to leave (Atletico), but it's not true that we've spoken with anyone at Barça. That's false."
Bulut also suggested that the "dream" of the 28-year-old was to play in England and the Premier League, which caused a frenzy of transfer speculation, given the additional hints he would only join a top-four side.
From there, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were linked with having made approaches, whilst Chelsea were touted as favourites.
In what was regarded as an attractive potential signing for Mourinho, speculation seemed to gain momentum when former Atletico team-mate Diego Costa enthused to Turkish outlet Bugun: "It would be fantastic if Arda signed for Chelsea."
In the end, the only time Costa will be sharing the pitch with Arda Turan during the 2015-16 season, will be if Chelsea and Barcelona cross paths in the Champions League, once the Turk is available to play from January 2016