Speaking to the Spanish publication AS, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted that new signing Arda Turan could be sent out on loan for the first half of the season.
The Turkish international recently completed his switch from fellow La Liga Atletico Madrid, a deal which has been positively received by a large section of the Nou Camp faithful.
However, due to the club’s transfer ban, Turan is ineligible to play for the Catalans in any capacity until January, a situation which Bartomeu feels could lead to a six-month loan move.
“This [a loan move] is a possibility, but the final decision must be made by the coach and it must be a purely technical decision,” Bartomeu added to AS: “It must be a team not playing in the Champions League.”
Why Liverpool are the perfect option:
With five La Liga clubs qualifying for the Champions League this coming season, it makes little sense to loan Turan to a fellow Spanish side due to the obvious gulf in quality.
Therefore, Italy and England are two standout options, with Liverpool being an ideal candidate due to their stature, quality within the squad and the absence of Champions League football.
Following the sale of Raheem Sterling, the Merseysiders have scope for a further attacking addition and Brendan Rodgers’ high-pressing style somewhat mirrors Barcelona’s personality.
Moreover, Turan is a fan of the club, with the player quoted by the Express in February as saying: “In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for them."
The former Galatasaray man needs game time ahead of January, and with the Reds set for a long campaign ahead, it’s a move which would undoubtedly suit all parties involved.