Official: Arda Turan signs for Barcelona

6th July 2015
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Barcelona have signed Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turanfor €34m, with the Turkey international agreeing a five-year deal at the Nou Camp.

However, due to the Spanish and European champions’ current transfer ban, the player will not be able to play for them until Jan 2015.

Presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu had made it clear he planned to bring the versatile winger to Camp Nou should he win this month’s election, claiming head coach Luis Enrique asked for his signing.

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However, Barca retain the option of selling the player back to Atletico for a €4.1m loss before July 20 should the new president – set to be elected 48 hours earlier – not wish to sanction his arrival.

If Arda is kept on by the incoming Barca chief then he will not appear for his new club until 2016 due to the Fifa-imposed transfer ban.

The European champions are prohibited from fielding new signings until January after being found guilty of irregularities in the transfer of youngsters from overseas last year.

Arda has already been linked with a possible loan switch to Turkish champions Galatasaray until the winter break of next season in order to allow him to sustain form and fitness during Barca’s suspension.

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