Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir on Saturday announced they had reached an agreement to sign midfielder Arda Turan on loan from Barcelona.
“Arda Turan is returning to his country wearing the orange kit (of Basaksehir). This is not just a transfer for Basaksehir, but a transfer for all of Turkey,” club president Goksel Gumusdag said in a statement.
In a tweet, the club shared a video of a crossword being filled in with the key answers being “Arda Turan.”
Basaksehir have risen rapidly over the last two seasons to rival the established Istanbul triumvirate of Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Barcelona and the Istanbul club agreed on a one-and-a-half year loan with an optional extra year, state broadcaster TRT Spor and Hurriyet daily reported.
Gumusdag visited Barcelona earlier this week to meet Turan.
The 30-year-old joined Barcelona in 2015 after four successful seasons with Atletico Madrid but has been unable to hold down a first team place.
Turan receives an annual salary of around eight million euros at the Catalan club, according to Spanish media.
He quit international football last June after former coach Fatih Terim threw him out of a training camp following a fracas with a reporter on a plane.
Turan then declared two months later he was ready for a recall.
Turan has also expressed open support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, attending rallies to back “my commander-in-chief” following the July 2016 attempted coup.
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Manchester United are set to challenge Liverpool over the signature over Christian Pulisic, according to the Independent.
The 19-year-old Borrusia Dortmund star has been in impressive form for club and country – and is an icon in the American sports market.
While Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a keen admirer, he could face stiff competition from Man United.
Liverpool have longed been linked with a move for the USA star and it looks more likely Pulisic could sign for the Anfield outfit than Jose Mourinho’s side.
At Anfield, Pulisic would be guaranteed regular game time and have the best platform to help him develop as a player.
If he was to put pen to paper on a deal at Old Trafford, there is the possibility he could be spending a lot of the season sitting on the bench.
Manchester City and Arsenal are set to battle it out for West Brom defender West Brom, according to the Daily Mail.
The Gunners reportedly had a £25 million bid turned down for the Northern Ireland international in August, with the Baggies demanding more than £30 million for their star defender.
West Brom have set Evans a deadline of January 28 to make up his mind whether he wants to stay at the Hawthorns or not.
With Per Mertesacker set to retire at the end of this season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to move for Evans.
It would make sense for Evans to move to North London as he would be guaranteed a starting place at the Emirates Stadium.
Although Pep Guardiola has expressed an interest in the 30-year-old, he may not be guaranteed a starting place if he moved to the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal hopes of landing Malcom have received a significant boost after Tottenham have pulled out of the race to sign the Bordeaux wonderkid, according to Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger considers the Brazilian as the best young player in Europe and wants to sign him next summer.
However, Bordeaux are believed to be looking for more than £55 million for the Brazilian star – a fee Arsenal would be unwilling to pay.
The 20-year-old has been one of the mainstays in a struggling Bordeaux side this season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 18 games.
Although his club are languishing in 15th place in Ligue 1, Malcom has been taking the league by storm with his glittering footwork and passing ability.
With Alexis Sanchez set to leave the club this month, Malcom could inject more class in an already star-studded attack.
Although £55 million is an expensive asking price, the North London hierarchy believe a fee of £33 million could be enough to get the deal over the line.
The Foxes chief gave Hazard his professional debut when he was a 16-year-old at Lille in 2007.
The Belgium international has been quoted by the Daily Mirror saying he is ready to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard on if he will sign a new contract at Chelsea: “Yes but I think Thibaut first. Then I will sign.” pic.twitter.com/ytKfywEn6w
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 12, 2018
And, ahead of their reunion when Leicester travel to Chelsea on Saturday, Puel remained unsure over Hazard’s long-term future.
Puel said: “He can continue to make progress. After, I don’t know if he has to stay at Chelsea or not – is that a problem?
“But I think he can continue to develop as a player. He has all the qualities to play for all the great teams in Europe, of course.
“He can make the difference, so for me he is a top player in Europe.
“The team is around Eden because he is the most important player for them. It is not possible to stop him because he cannot play in just the same position.
“He can play wide or striker or come back to take the ball. He can make always penetration and the difference, it is just important to have a good structure and organisation around him.”
Hazard has also won the EFL Cup and Europa League at Stamford Bridge while also being named the Premier League Player of the Year in 2015.
‘Don’t leave Chelsea, yeah?’
— Conteholic (@Conteholic) January 11, 2018
But Puel could always see the player’s ability when the pair were together at the Metropole.
“He is a fantastic player and he improves a lot,” he said. “But he had the same quality at 16 when he started in the first team at Lille, it was the same.
“Of course now he has more consistency in his game but always he is fantastic in his play and has the ability and capacity to make good penetration and give good assists.
“Eden is a fantastic player but I wouldn’t man-mark him.
“If we just keep concentration on Eden, other players can make the difference also. A good response is always a collective response with a competitive organisation.”