Arsenal and Arda Turan were reportedly in talks over a potential January deal, but things haven’t progressed well, which could mean any move to the Emirates now wont go through.
We reported the news earlier in the week that Turan was in London trying to negotiate a move away from Barcelona in January. His agent confirmed the plan to make a decision in the next two weeks, and that they were talking to teams from Spain, Italy and England.
There were plenty of rumours that one of these teams was Arsenal, but according to Mundo Deportivo, it’s not going well. Their sources report Turan has been in contact with the Gunners, but talks are not advancing at the pace they were expecting – despite the agent’s two week deadline.
They also write that Arda’s first choice was AS Monaco, but that the Ligue 1 club similarly failed to reach an agreement with the 30-year-old. I wouldn’t be surprised if Arsenal were hesitant to make a move for the midfielder.
Not only does he turn 31 in January, but he also hasn’t played since April. The Gunners have a big squad, so there’s no need to fill it up with players who aren’t certain to be challenging for a first-team spot.
Right now, Arda seems like a risky buy, in my opinion, and that’s something Wenger can’t really afford.