Barca midfielder Arda joins Basaksehir on loan until 2020

The 30-year-old scored just five La Liga goals for Barcelona

The 30-year-old scored just five La Liga goals for Barcelona

Barcelona have loaned former Turkey global Arda Turan to Istanbul Basaksehir for the rest of this season and two more, the Liga leaders said in a statement on Saturday.

The transfer didn't come as a surprise as the midfielder failed to make a single appearance under Barca's manager Ernesto Valverde this season.

The two-and-a-half-year loan deal still allows Barcelona to sell Turan during that period if a club makes an offer for him.

Turan joined the club from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($41.46 million) plus add ons in July 2015, winning six trophies but only making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals.

He leaves Spain having won two league titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and a Europa League.

Large sections of Barca's fans pleaded with the club to move Turan on over the summer transfer window, but both the board and player repeatedly insisted that a departure was never on the cards.

Despite his failure to fit in as one of Barcelona's premier stars, Turan is still in the prime years of his career and could be a valuable asset to Basaksehir if he's able to rediscover some of the form he displayed at Atleti and during his first spell in his home country.

But, as has been confirmed on Barcelona's official website this morning, Turan has in fact joined Turkish Super Lig leaders İstanbul Başakşehir.

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