Former Atletico Madrid star joins Istanbul Basaksehir on loan

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder, Arda Turan who completed a sensational move to Barcelona in July 2015 has now been loaned from the Spanish club to Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey for the rest of the 2017/2018. He is also expected to stay for another two seasons at the Turkish side according to a statement from Nou Camp on Saturday.

Turan, who was a regular starter for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid have to struggle for game time at Barcelona as he had to offset the MSN superstar trio of Messi, Suarez, and Neymar then for a chance of starting regularly.

He has however won six trophies, scoring 15 goals in the process in only 55 appearances. He was signed for €34 million from Atletico Madrid in 2015

According to reports by a Spanish Sports newspaper last week, it was estimated that it cost Barca €1 million for each appearance Turan makes, as his annual salary is also believed to be in the tune of 8 million annually. This could be the major trigger for his transfer.