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Barcelona has completed the signing of Atletico and Turkish international midfielder Arda Turan. The attacker signed a five-year deal for a fee that could reach €41 million.

A club statement said that Barcelona will pay an initial fee of €34m with a potential €7m more in bonuses.

The 28-year-old Turkish international has been a key player in Diego Simeone’s Atletico side in recent seasons after arriving in Spain from Galatasaray in 2011.

And Barcelona said that coach Luis Enrique had requested the signing as the Catalan club look to strengthen their midfield following the departure of long-serving Xavi Hernandez.

However, he arrives at the Camp Nou at a time of uncertainty, with a board running club affairs until elections for a new president are held on July 18.

Barcelona therefore added that the signing comes with a clause that will allow the incoming president to sell Turan back to Atletico, albeit doing so will incur a fine of 10 per cent of the transfer fee paid.

 

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