Barcelona are reportedly ready to let outcast Arda Turan leave the club for free after giving up on the prospect of receiving a transfer fee for the misfit midfielder, who has long been linked with a move to Arsenal.
Turan is yet to play a competitive game for the Blaugrana this season, and Emre Sarigul of Turkish-Football.com cited a report from Spanish daily Marca explaining Barca are ready to cut ties with the player for nothing.
It's well-founded the Catalan powerhouse is under pressure to relieve some unnecessary deadwood from its wage bill, and Turan is thought to be one of those deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.
Spanish sportswriter Andy West recently illustrated the midfielder's anonymity this term, having struggled to establish himself under Ernesto Valverde, who took over the Barcelona helm in May:
Andy West @andywest01
Just got the inevitable question from my 9 year old: a magical being supposedly possessing mysterious powers but who is never seen...Does Arda Turan really exist?2017-12-18 08:25:00
Sarigul's report included quotes from Turan's agent, Ahmed Bulut, who recently confirmed a winter exit looked likely for his client: "I have been in talks with four clubs, everything will be sorted in 15 days. Turan will either be loaned out or sold; there are offers from the Premier League, Spain and Italy."
Despite the fact Turan's reputation has suffered since moving to Catalonia from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015, Sarigul recently insisted he would bring quality to a club like Arsenal:
Turkish Football @Turkish_Futbol1
Regarding Arda Turan... He would strengthen Arsenal, Tottenham... It didn't work out for him at Barcelona. But I think we need a reality check. How many players could compete with Messi, Suarez, Neymar? Not many! Turan could walk into most major sides when fit2017-12-5 11:23:41
It's true the higher standards and intense pressure of a club like Barcelona could be overwhelming to many players, although Valverde's reluctance to use the player this term can't be seen as a good sign.
Super Lig outfit Besiktas were linked with a move to bring the former Galatasaray star back to his native Turkey in January, although president Fikret Forest recently confirmed that won't be the case, per Catalan newspaper Sport.
The playmaker will turn 31 at the end of January, and while he could add some creativity midway through the season, his wage expectations may be considered too big for a club with stricter policies such as Arsenal.
Barcelona blogger Francesc Tomas recently added further context to his spiralling situation at Barca, remarking on the massive release clause reportedly attached to his signature:
€110M for Turan may not be high enough, right?? https://t.co/wPZDeQPc4C2017-11-26 08:49:45
Sarigul wrote that between them, Turan and Javier Mascherano account for €26 million (£22.9 million) of Barca's wage bill, and so it's understandable they might race to rid themselves of some of that expense.
Depending on who's willing to take him—either on loan or a permanent deal—it seems Turan's time as a Barcelona player is drawing to a close, and the prospect of a free transfer could turn Arsenal's head in his direction once more.