Liverpool FC and Arda Turan Linked Again: 4 Reasons Why It's a Real Possibility
Arda Turan to Liverpool: Could this become reality?
You will not be forgiven in case you haven't heard about Liverpool and Arda Turan love saga.
Just in case any fans are living under rocks and haven't got a clue what's going on here, let me refresh your memories.
Arda Turan—the current Galatasaray captain and left winger—had been linked to a move to Liverpool in almost every transfer window in the last year and a half.
Rafa Benitez was said to be interested in bringing the 24-year-old Turkish delight to Anfield in 2009, and since then, Liverpool fans have been begging to see him in the famous Red shirt at Anfield.
A few months ago Turan made clear that he will only move to Liverpool—if at all—in the future if he decides to move to Europe.
"As I always mention, Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter so if I go to play in Europe I'd like to play for them"—were the words which made him an affectionate figure at Anfield even before he could play for the club.
After that, nothing really happened between the two love birds—Liverpool and Turan—but Galatasaray did reject two bids made for Turan last summer.
One was from Harry Redknepp—£10 million plus Giovanni Dos Santos—and another from Athletico Madrid for about £11 million.
So why this time is it a real possibility of bringing Turan to Anfield? Let's find out
1. The Player's Agent
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This week Liverpool have been boosted in the pursuit of the club's fan from Galatasaray—Turkish giants—when the player's agent suggested Turan is finally ready for the Premier League switch in summer.
Ahmet Bulut—the player's agent—was reported saying, "Of course there has been a lot of interest, from the Premier League and Spain, but the club do not want to sell Arda at the moment. In six months we will see."
Bulut continued, "He has two years left on his contract. For sure, he will stay until the end of the season then after we will see. At the moment he is staying because he is the captain of the team, but then we will see."
It is notable that last summer, the same agent and Frank Rijkaard—then Galatasaray manager—were saying there was no way they could let Turan go that year.
Finally, after a year, things have changed and Turan alongside his agent are being realistic about one of the most awaited Premier League switch this summer.
2. Liverpool Manager
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The last time we heard about Turan from someone within Liverpool was from Roy Hodgson. The ex-Liverpool manager said Turan is not the type of player he was looking for. Now, Roy's credibility in transfer market has been well documented.
Hodgson's eye for a talented youngster can be compared to the odds of myself replacing Fernando Torres at Chelsea—next to nothing.
Now, Turan is exactly the kind of player Liverpool should be looking for. Pace, power and dribbling skills are part of the Turan package.
Turan can beat two or three defenders at his will any given day. His high crossing and assists ability proves why he must be courted by Liverpool in summer.
Liverpool now have a completely different manager in King Kenny Dalglish. A person who knows exactly what Liverpool is lacking at the moment and has the backing from the new owners—John W. Henry and FSG.
Kenny Dalglish has an eye in transfer market which really shows how Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll ended up at Liverpool in January transfer window.
3. Liverpool's Current Owners
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Since the last time anyone heard about Turan speculations, things have drastically changed at Liverpool.
George Gillet and Tom Hicks—previous Liverpool owners—would have not spent a penny on new player recruitment unless the manager sold any of the current crops.
Now, Liverpool have ambitious new owners in John W. Henry and FSG—Fenway Sports Group, the parent sports company.
By splashing over £50 million from Fernando Torres' sale on the deadline day in January transfer window Henry and FSG have made their intentions clear. Henry seems to understand the modern aspect of bringing high profile talented players in to the squad in order to attract more quality players and to challenge for any silverware.
The rebuilding process at Liverpool football club will finally be completed in the coming summer where John Henry will likely support Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli for any players recruitment.
Damien Comolli's exclusive role is to identify and bring any skilled, young and highly rated players to the club. If he is what everyone believes he is then there should not be any doubts about him knowing the speculations about Arda Turan and his past statements.
Comolli, along with Kenny Dalglish, seems to know where Liverpool is lacking now. The troublesome areas are left side of the pitch, be it the left back position or left wing position.
4. Player Fits The Bill and Social Awareness
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Arda Turan will not get a better chance to come to his beloved Liverpool club .
Liverpool is rebuilding nearly everything. New owners, new manager who has already shown wonders, and new high profile players.
Chelsea and Bayern Munich are other clubs who have been linked with Turan. Both the clubs have established players to play on the left side of the midfield and if Turan decides to go to any of those clubs he will simply be warming the bench.
Bayern will not play Turan over Frank Ribery and Chelsea have players who already sit on the bench upon arrival of Fernando Torres.
Turan will be nearly guaranteed a start in every game at Liverpool and playing for the club you support in Europe will be icing on the cake.
Some people might think, what's this got to do with anything here?
NESN.com is a parent website for FSG which normally covers every sports story related to FSG.
Recently, the authors at NESN.com had an article stating Suarez and Carroll linked with Liverpool and Suarez deal nearly is completed when other reports on the planet suggested that Comolli's Amsterdam talks were fallen.
When a group like FSG has their own social circle of reporters who keep bringing the latest speculations and reports about the players to the group's elite top management, it is a good sign that the owners, managers and other scouting people are made aware about players.
Although it is a done and dusted transfer saga, many Liverpool fans would love to see Turan at Anfield come summer.
I have omitted the obvious points about Turan, his advantages and dis-advantages and skills, in the article.
This article is only written to suggest why landing Arda Turan THIS time around will be realistic.
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