Chelsea are also interested in signing Arda Turan

Arda Turan continues to raise all kinds of rumours after an indifferent debut season with Barça, and the reality is that the Turk is seemingly edging closer to the exit door.

Brian Owen

Technical secretary Robert Fernandez has already made it clear that this summer was going to be a very long period of time and there will be surprises at each and every turn in the transfer market.

The latest club to enquire about Arda's services is Chelsea, who also wanted to sign the 29-year-old last summer when he was still an Atletico Madrid player.

Arda was tantalisingly close to joining the Blues, but the Blaugrana convinced him to move to Catalonia with the chance of winning many titles with the team.

A year later, he did indeed add a handful of trophies to his collection although he didn't fulfil a substantial role in Luis Enrique's plans last season. Now, Chelsea can offer Arda a leading role in their squad and have the money to push through a deal.

Barça are aware of the endless interest but want to open talks with the midfielder first before anything is agreed.

Arsenal, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce are also lurking and if a substantial offer is placed on the table then everything could change.

For now, Arda is focused on staying at the Camp Nou and winning more titles with Barça.

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