Would Liverpool’s £20million deal for Adam Lallana falling through pave the way for long-term target Arda Turan to finally join the Anfield ranks?
The Turkish playmaker has been linked with a Premier League switch for much of his career, in no small part due to a potent return of 45 goals and 77 assists in 194 appearances at former club Galatasaray, accordingly earning him three consecutive Player of the Year awards in the Super Lig.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder also declared in 2009; “I want to play in major leagues and my dream team is Liverpool. As I always mention, Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter,” suggesting he would be more than interested in joining the Merseyside ranks this summer.
The 28 year-old has a lot to offer the Reds’ midfield – formerly considered a jinking playmaker during his Gala days, Diego Simeone’s disciplined approach at Vincente Calderon has dramatically improved the defensive side of Turan’s game over the last few seasons, best illustrated by his average of 2 tackles per match in La Liga this year.
He can play anywhere across the middle of the park too – including both wings, central midfield and attacking midfield – and in that sense, certainly parallels the service that Lallana would have brought to Anfield.
But Turan’s €40million release clause could prove too rich for Liverpool, and if the Mattress Makers claim the La Liga and European double this term, the 72-cap Turkey talisman will be keen to stay on in the Spanish capital.