With the summer transfer window just around the corner, there has been a lot of transfer rumors in regards to Arsenal. After multiple sources in the English media confirmed that a deal had been confirmed for Schalke star Sead Kolasinac, the latest transfer speculation is that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is weighing up a move for the Barcelona forward, Arda Turan .
A report from the Daily Express suggests that the North London side are ready to be submit a £25million bid for the Turkish international and the report further claims that Barcelona are likely to accept any such offer. After the Catalan side bowed out of the Champions League quarter-finals for the second consecutive season, a massive squad overhaul is expected at the Nou Camp and Turan is understood to be one of the players who will be more likely to exit the Catalan club.
It is no secret that Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of the Turk for quite some time now and was heavily linked with the player during his time at Atletico Madrid, with many media sources believing Arsenal actually made a bid before eventually losing out to Barcelona. Personally, I wouldn’t mind having him at the Emirates. The 30-year-old is a dynamic attacking midfielder with quick feet and an eye for a killer pass, all traits which will see him settle flawlessly in the Arsenal midfield.
However, I certainly hope the former Atletico man is not being eyed up as a potential replacement for Mesut Ozil. As good as he may be, I don’t see him as someone that can fill the German’s boots. I’d rather have him as an alternative as he is very adept at playing on the flanks as well. While signing a big name like Arda Turan will certainly be great, it would be a move forward if he comes in as a reinforcement rather than a replacement.
But would Arsenal really pay £25m for a 30 year-old?