Tottenham have reportedly beaten off Liverpool to clinch the signature of Galatasaray’s Arda Turan, who is set to tread the White Hart Lane turf next season after a deal in principle has been agreed according to Turkish radio station Radyospor, but who exactly is Turan?
Turan, most commonly known by his fist name Arda is a 23-year-old Turkish left-sided winger has been a long term target for Anfield outfit Liverpool and he even spoke of a potential transfer to the Merseyside club as being a dream move.
Speaking to the uefa.com website he said: “Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for them.
“My dream has always been to play for one of the top European clubs, but you shouldn’t make concrete plans in your life because sometimes these plans cannot be achieved. This is my dream, but for now I’m just working on my football.”
Perhaps their recent fall from grace and lack of Champions League football has caused to the player to make a u-turn deciding to join the Lilywhites instead of the Reds.
The young winger came through the ranks at Galatasaray since arriving as a youth in 1999. He broke into the first team following a short but successful spell on loan at Manisaspor in 2005-06 where he scored two goals in fifteen appearances. During the next season he impressed for the Turkish club in the 06-07 Champions League qualifiers and helped them make the group stages of the competition and fully establishing himself as a first team regular.
Liverpool and Spurs were not the first Premier League clubs to have an eye on the player as Newcastle United made a £9 million offer for the player just before Euro 2008 after Arda enjoyed a good finish to the previous season scoring seven goals, but the bid was rejected by Galatasaray.
Arda made his international debut in 2006, but it is at Euro 2008 where he made his name on an international stage scoring two goals as Turkey battled their way into the semi finals of the competition. His first one came against Switzerland, it was a right-footed screamer into the top corner and was all the more impressive as it came in the 92nd minute winning the game 2-1, which ended the Swiss’ chances of making it through the group.
His second goal came in an astonishing comeback from 2-0 down against the Czech Republic. Arda’s low shot past Chelsea’s goalkeeper Petr Cech (who had a nightmare in that game dropping the ball for the equaliser) set Turkey on their way to an unexpected 3-2 win. Following the tournament Arda was ranked 8th in a list of the 100 Best Young Football Players in the World, by a Spanish magazine called Don Balon.
The winger has continued his good form for his country scoring two goals in qualifying (one being his country’s 600th international goal), but Premier League fan won’t be seeing him play in South Africa this summer as Turkey failed to qualify for the finals.
Arda was made captain of Galatasaray at the beginning of this season and the midfielder has scored 11 goals and has made 25 assists (in all competitions). Despite his efforts his side did not finish top of the Turkish Super Lig as Bursaspor and Fenerbahce finished first and second respectively in the division.
The Turkish international definitely is an exciting prospect and has plenty of ability as well as having impressive stats. There is no reason to suggest that he could not successfully make the transition into the Premier League and impress for a club like Tottenham
However, what would it mean to add another left-wing player to Spurs’ ranks, is it just for the sake of depth? Or, does Harry Redknapp plan to move Gareth Bale back into a left-back position?
Will Turan be a welcome addition at White Hart Lane?
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