12 Apr 2016

Transfer Alert: 'Exceptional' £29m attacker who loves 'Liverpool' desperate to quit Barcelona. Sign?

Between 2009 and 2015, Liverpool were constantly been linked with a move for exceptional Turkey star Arda Turan, and after his £29m move to Barcelona last summer, the club's chances of signing Turan - a self-confessed LFC fan - appeared to vanish forever. The Reds may get another chance, though, as Turan is reportedly determined to quit the Nou Camp this summer.

According to Spanish newspaper AS:

* Turan is unhappy at Barcelona and regrets his decision to leave Atletico Madrid.

* He did not expect to be such a peripheral figure at Barca, and is desperate to leave at the end of the season.

Turan has a long transfer history with LFC (take a deep breath!)

* Apr 2009: Rafa Benitez reportedly made a €10m move for Turan.

* Dec 2009: Turan told reporters: "I most want to play at Liverpool because of the culture of the club and the fans"

* Mar 2010: Turan reiterated his Anfield preference: "Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition. In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for Liverpool".

* Oct 2012: Nuri Sahin posted a picture on his Twitter account of Turan in a Liverpool shirt.

* Oct 2012: Liverpool sent an 'observer' to watch Turan in Turkey's World Cup qualifier with Romania.

* Mar 2013: Reports in Spain claimed that the Reds were lining up a €20m summer bid for the Turkish star.

* Aug 2013: ESPN claimed both Liverpool and Arsenal were 'interested' in signing Turan during the summer transfer window.

* Jan 2014: The Liverpool Echo reported: "Brendan Rodgers [is] pondering a move for Arda Turan...before the end of the January"

* Apr 2014: When asked if he is Liverpool fan, Turan told Four-Four-Two magazine: "Yes, I have a soft-spot for Liverpool, especially given their history and the atmosphere at Anfield".

* Jul 2014:Turkish newspaper Sabah Spor claimed that Liverpool 'accelerated efforts' to sign Turan after the collapse of the Alexis Sanchez deal.

* Feb 2015: Tutto Mercato claimed that Liverpool were back on Turan's trail.

* Mar 2015: Tutto Mercato further claimed that Liverpool 'were willing to pay Turan's £30m release clause'.

An exit seems unlikely after a single season at one of the biggest clubs in the world (if not *the* biggest), but if Turan becomes available, is he a viable transfer target for Liverpool?

Author: Jaimie K


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