New Delhi: Arda Turan has joined Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half-year loan deal from Barcelona. The transfer didn’t come as a surprise as the midfielder failed to make a single appearance under Barca’s manager Ernesto Valverde this season. Also Read - Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Real Madrid Beat Barcelona 2-0 in El Clasico to Regain Lead in La Liga
Meanwhile, Turan, who made just 55 appearances for Barça in two-and-a-half years and scored 15 goals, will be relieved after returning home to Turkey, where he played for Galatasaray and Manisaspor. Also Read - La Liga: Messi Scores Hat-Trick as Barcelona Rout Eibar 5-0
However, Barca will maintain the right to sell the 30-year old to any other club, though, until the expiry of his contract at Camp Nou in 2020. Also Read - Martin Braithwaite Signs With FC Barcelona Till 2024
A statement on the club’s official website read: “FC Barcelona and Istanbul Basaksehir FK agree on a loan deal for the Turkish player for the remainder of the season and two more.
“The Turkish International leaves the Club after two and a half seasons in which he has won everything there is to win domestically with the blaugranes.”
Turan joined Barca in 2015 from Atletico Madrid for €35 million in 2015 but he was not able to make his debut until January of the following year due to Barca’s transfer ban.