Arda Turan transfer to Barcelona tainted by institutional dysfunction


Arda Turan can be proud about having played a decisive role in bringing the La Liga, Copa del Rey, Europa League, Spanish Super Cup and European Super Cup titles to Atletico Madrid during his time. However, despite being a fans' favourite at the Vicente Calderon stadium, the 28-year-old has now reached a point in his career where he simply couldn't refuse the opportunity to join the most successful club in recent history when they came knocking on his door.

The Turk is a hugely talented attacking midfielder who often uses his physicality and exquisite technique to run at defenders. He is a constant nightmare for rivals to control, given his dynamism and ability to create spaces for both himself and others. Always prepared to reach the team's final third from deep, he could definitely explode onto an even higher level when combining with the unpredictable trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Although Turan's signing will instantly boost Barcelona's chances of achieving further success next season, the transfer is undoubtedly surrounded by a couple of significant question marks.

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