Borussia Dortmund Target Arda Turan As Henrikh Mkhitaryan Replacement
Borussia Dortmund have had been the storehouse of talented players in the recent past. However, the club fialed to hold on to their star players as Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and captain Mats Hummels moved out to Bayern Munich and most recently Gundogan joined Man City and Mkhitaryan made a summer move to the Premier League giants Manchester United.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s departure has forced Dortmund to hunt for a winger to fill the void in the midfield. Foottheball sources confirm that the German side has felt the urgency as they quickly identified the 29-year-old Turkish midfielder Arda Turan as potential replacement for Mkhitaryan. Turan joined Brcelona last summer, but the Turkish playmaker struggled for game time as he failed to meet up the expectations of the Catalans.
Foottheball understands that the Spanish giants may be willing to receive offers for Turan, who has failed to secure a place in the first team which includes top notch players like Iniesta, Busquets, and Rakitic. Turan had to wait until January for his Barcelona debut, due to financial fair play regulations.
Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is believed to be fond of Turan not only for his technical abilities but also because he looks upon Turan as a valuable addition in the squad. Turan had earlier played a pivotal role in Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid team and Tuchel wants Turan to bring the same vision and philosophy at Dortmund.
Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin is a good friend of Arda Turan, who is his fellow countryman and also the captain of Turkey national team. Foottheball understands that Tuchel might take Sahin’s help to convince the former Atletico star to make a summer switch to Dortmund.
However Turan’s agent Ahmed Bulut revealed that his client was keen on staying at Barcelona this summer.
“There is a zero percent chance that Arda isn’t at Barcelona next season. Arda is happy with the games he is playing and the two titles they have won since he debuted,” said Bulut.
“The inactivity [not being able to play until January because of the transfer embargo] cost him a little bit, and next season he will be able to do pre-season with the team, which is always important.”
“His first year at Atletico [Madrid] was difficult too, which is why I’m convinced that the year to come will be far better,” he added.