Report: Arsenal want Arda Turan

Barcelona's new player Arda Turan waves to his supporters during his presentation after signing his contract at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona

Arsenal want the Barcelona midfielder, according to reports from Spain.

Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan

Arsenal have lodged a bid for Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, according to Spanish publication Don Balon.

The 29-year-old's first season with the Spanish champions was mixed, following his £34 million switch from Atletico Madrid last summer.

The Turkey international was made to wait until January before even making debut due to Barcelona's transfer ban, and he later managed just 13 starts in all competitions.

Galatasaray's Arda Turan is seen during their Turkish Super League derby soccer match against Besiktas

His lack of game time might suggest that Turan could be unhappy in Catalunya and, according to Don Balon, Arsenal have tabled a bid for the talented midfielder.

The report goes on to claim that Barca would accept a 50 perent loss on their investment and sell him for £17 million, before noting that Galatasaray were ahead of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign him.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the stands

Given his age, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have reservations over moving for the 29-year-old.

But the French manager did, of course, trigger Jamie Vardy's Leicester City contract in what would have been a £20 million deal, and both players are the same age.

That being said, there is markedly less risk in going for Vardy by virtue of the fact that he is proven in the Premier League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier in the stands

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