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Arda Turan deal to be announced later this week, says Basaksehir coach

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The midfielder looks to be finally off

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Arda Turan may finally be set to leave Barcelona after Abdullah Avci, the coach of Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir, said the deal would be announced later this week.

The 30-year-old has not made a single appearance for Barca this season and seems to be one of several players the club are keen to offload this winter.

Rumors have abounded for weeks as to where he might go but Avci says he is heading to Istabul.

“The transfer of Arda will be announced on Thursday or Friday,” he said.

”It hasn’t been an easy transfer, Arda has been our goal for many years and I have to thank the president for this signing.”

Source | Marca

Arda’s agent Ahmet Bulut has also spoken to Sporx and appeared to confirm the transfer.

“Arda has reached an agreement with Basaksehir and he doesn’t want to listen to any other offers,” he said. “He wants to go back to Istanbul.”

The midfielder may be the first of several departures in January with Rafinha, Aleix Vidal and Gerard Deulofeu all being heavily linked with moves away.