Barcelona midfielder, Arda Turan joins Istanbul Basaksehir on loan

The 30-year-old scored just five La Liga goals for Barcelona

Barcelona have sent Turkish global Arda Turan to Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half-year loan deal, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Saturday.

Turan left Atletico Madrid for the Nou Camp in 2015 and went on to win six domestic trophies during his time in Catalonia.

The two-and-a-half-year loan deal, which is the remainder of his contract at Barcelona, still allows the Catalans to sell Turan during that period if a club makes an offer for him.

The departure comes as Barca look to lighten their wage bill following the signings of Phillipe Coutinho and central defender Yerry Mina during the past week and it is thought that veteran defender Javier Mascherano could also abandon the club before the end of January.


Istanbul Basaksehir tops the Super Lig (Turkish League) standings after 17 games, and Turan should boost its prospects of winning the title.

The club's president Goksel Gumusdag took charge of the negotiations, finally striking a deal with Barca's CEO Oscar Grau late in the week ahead of Saturday's announcement.

But Turan, 30, has opted to return to his homeland to seek more regular first team football.

Turan had not made a single appearance for the current La Liga leaders this term after he was seemingly frozen out of the senior set up by first-team head coach Ernesto Valverde.

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