Arsenal target Arda Turan joins Istanbul Basaksehir on loan after nightmare spell at Barcelona

BARCELONA have confirmed Arda Turan has joined Istanbul Basaksehir on loan until 2020.

The Turkish international failed to make a single appearance under Ernesto Valverde this season and was linked with a move to Arsenal.

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

A statement on the club’s official website read: "Arda Turan has played a total of 55 games for Barca, scoring 15 goals in his two-and-a-half years as a Blaugrana.

"In that time he has won 6 trophies: 1 league championship, 2 Copa del Rey, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Club World Cup and 1 European Super Cup.

"As such the Turk leaves after completing a clean sweep of domestic trophies."

Turan was snapped up by Barca after impressing for La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.

He won the league title, Europa League and was a runner-up in the Champions League during his time in the Spanish capital.

But Turan failed to cement himself in the Barca squad after joining the club late due to a transfer embargo.

Turan, 30, had recently been linked with a move to Everton while Arsenal also had interest in the midfielder.” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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