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Arda Turan leaves Barcelona on loan, joins Istanbul Basaksehir

Arda Turan leaves Barcelona on loan, joins Istanbul Basaksehir
From ESPN - January 13, 2018

Barcelona have reached an agreement for Arda Turan to return to Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half year loan deal,the club confirmed on Saturday.

Basaksehir will pay Barca in variables dependent on a number of factors, including appearances and goals, as well as the team's success with Turan at the club.

FC Barcelona can announce an agreement has been reached for the loan of @ArdaTuran to Istanbul Basaksehir FK.https://t.co/DJqs1r99ZB

FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 13, 2018

Barca will maintain the right to sell the midfielder to any other club, though, until the expiry of his contract at Camp Nou in 2020.

Turan, who turns 31 at the end of the month, joined Barca for 35 million in 2015 during an election campaign, a signing made by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and backed by Luis Enrique, the club's coach at the time.

However, as Barca were under a transfer ban, he was not able to make his debut until January of the following year.

During his 18 months under Enrique there were highs, including two hat tricks last season, but he was mainly used as a substitute.

Ernesto Valverde replaced Enrique last summer and has not given Turan a single minute of competitive football this season.

The club looked to move him on last summer but his salary, plus the fact he wanted to stay in Catalonia, hindered their hopes of finding a suitor.

Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) January 13, 2018

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