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Lucho has asked for Turan and I can see the thinking behind it. Turan brings defensive intensity that lucho appreciates. He's also good at dribbling and passing (more kp and cc last season than rakitic) which allows lucho to push him or rakitic fwd when needed. Turan has played wide as well which could give him the ability to replace Iniesta during a game. Simeone designed a smash and grab type team which played quick counters that turan was a big part of. That might give barca that added dimension. Besides what we have learned from pep is that a team that doesn't evolve will eventually rot.

But after all said and done I'm just not sure he's barca material. Maybe the man who just masterminded a treble knows better than all of us arm chair pundits.
Arda to get #6?
He'll get #7, when Pedro leaves, he's likely to this summer. He's linked to Arsenal, but he should go to Liverpool lol
I thought Pedro just signed a new contract
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He did. I'm waiting for someone to explain this concept of him transferring afterall.
im jelly, you guys still signing these top players even during a ban. i don't blame the player or the club, but it's frustrating for sure as a fan of another club chasing top players. anyways, congrats.
Pedro leaving will make lot more scenes now , turan started as winger and preety can provide cover for MSN
honestly with all due respect to Arda Turan but Barca def wont improve by adding Turan to their squad .. the least needed transfer imo
+5
He's a replacement for Xavi. Thats all.
And a great replacement too. Rafinha and Sergi are just not ready yet if Iniesta or Rakitic got injured.
+3
I think Turan will surprise all naysayers. He's physically imposing, skilled on the ball, intelligent with vision and passing, finishes well, defends lile a boss, gives his all to the team.

He's our Yaya Toure replacement, and he's going to shine at Barca, mark my words.
+2
I do think that Rafinha is ready tho. Pity the board didn't have more faith in him.
Rafinha and Sergi will never be ready anyways if they remain so far down the pecking order. Players aren't gonna suddenly be ready, they need to be trusted to get better...they might as well leave at this point. Bartra probably won't get any playtime either so he might as well leave too for his own good.
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Tanmay , I agree on rafinah bit and do you realize there are very little turan naysayers , it's about the details of deal that is bothering majority .
I don't think rafinha is ready. He's had a couple of good games against smaller sides. If I was the coach I'd be shitting my pants if I was forced to put rafinha in vs madrid or bayern. Rafinha will be ready after next season. Samper needs to get more time with the first team or be sent on loan. Roberto should leave on loan because he has hardly shown any promise.

Let's not pretend that la masia prospects will shine if given a chance. Sergi Roberto has been average and rafinha hasn't shown he's top quality yet.
Now before someone tells me that turan is a great player , yes he is especially he performs really well during big matches , but his transfer don't make any scene planning wise , he cant out place either iniesta or rackitic on permanent basic and he will be 29 once he will be eligible to playe for us .

We already had rafinah to cover for Xavi and iniesta still had good season or two in him .

Also I'm more furious because bartomeu is again using club finances for his own gain , after meeting between management committee few days back it was clear that they will let new board decide to make final call on turan deal but now after that rat face influence they signed him , given socio more reson to vote for him .

Management committee is there to oversee elections not decide on transfers , I hope someone sue their arses for this shitty business , I would have much rather had pogba for 80M then turan , he would have atleast made more scenes & just now wait for likes of Chelsea to get player like koke for similar amount we're paying for turan .

So pissed right now .
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How much was he?

Btw, "Until 20 July, Barcelona's new board will have an option to sell Arda Turan back to Atletico for a transfer fee of 30.6M."

If we paid anything more than 30.6m for him, our board is f*****g pathetic.

edit* so looks like we paid about 34m€ for him.. Keep in mind we sold one of the world's best midfielders for around that price.
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All these remind me of Suarez transfer,lol.back then,everyone was sending their abuses towards our poor,which turned out to be one of the best decision ever and everyone here kissing Suarez ass now.And also lucho asked to board to get turan at any cost,he would never be a cheap since Chelsea or United on to him,last year our board bought rakitic,ter stegen,bravo,Mathieu,bring back rafinha,every decision turns out to be good decision.most importantly they trust lucho even when everyone loses faith,you guys are just taking any chances to thrash our current board image..

Edit. Chelsea n utd offered him as much as us as per the reports from Spain,so I don't understand this blind hate,especially he is coming here just only because of lucho.
Malik what are you talking about? I love Rafinha but he's nowhere near ready if something were to happen to Iniesta or Rakitic. Don't you remember last season when Iniesta got injured and was out of form for a while, who covered our ass? Xavi did. Now that he's gone we need someone experienced to cover the middle. Rafinha can't be trusted in big games.

Edit: and as far as I know, both Vidal and Turan were Luchos choice so no matter who the board is, he wanted those 2 players.
I'm with Malik on this one. We need to trust our youngsters like rafinha. He may not be ready, but then how can he be if we don't play him enough? Its a shame barto is using this signing solely for gaining votes.

Good player. But useless signing
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I was one of the skeptics of signing Suarez as well. For 80m, he wasn't worth it for me but look at what a singing he turned out to be in the end. Fully worth every penny we paid for him.

This is another similar situation and I hope I'm proven wrong once again. A midfield trio of Turan Busq Rakitic with Iniesta, Rafinha and co rotating will be fantastic and it willmake our midfield even more solid.. It will give Rakitic the freedom to roam up more, sort of like Iniesta does now.. which will make our attack even more deadly than it is now.

But these are short term solutions imo... I'd much rather spend 60 on Koke than 35 on Turan. Just my 2 cents
@4ever , did you really compared Suarez to turan deal ? we sold Sanchez and had a available slot to get Suarez , people back then question him because of his on field issues and because we already had failed experiment of playing two no 9 ,

Turan is in footballing term a luxury backup as of now and even when iniesta is done he will be also very close to metting his end , my problem is not signing it's planning .

@SA , perhaps , re watch the 2nd half of season again , rafinah did really well once he got settle, its not about him alone , we have other mid's like Denis Suarez ,I can see thiago happening all over again with our youngsters .

Again as I said as a player I really like him , as a planning not so much .

@st1or , exactly my thoughts .
got turan a good player and all but dont really think we need this type of player. we got our starting mid which are busquets, iniesta and rakitic, and subs in rafinha and sergio roberto. who would he replace cause am sure he would want to start



Iniesta
And rakitic will assume iniesta's role of being the out and out attacking mid.
Well, I dont know how i feel about Arda Turan joining us. I mean tbh, I can see him giving us more of a fighting attitude, but just not sure about him. Now last summer we said the same about Mathieu joining us, but he actually was pretty solid signing, even coming up big in el claisco, and a GW vs Celta. If Turan is the guy that can keep the engine running in some way, it will be a good signing for us
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arda turan to Barcelona is official
+1
Am so happy if that true,he would fit perfectly well with lucho's tactics.
41m fee, which mean Pedro is leaving.
What a shity business , I just f*****g wanna punch our management committee they were suppose to oversee the elections not make f*****g decisions over transfer .
+4
who is affected the most by this transfer? Sergi roberto?, Rafinha?, Rakitic?
+1
^ I think iniesta.
+2
Why blame board,lucho asked board to sign him at any cost and w. Would never get him cheap since Chelsea n United on to him.why do we fans taking too much care about transfer fee,we only need to know whether it's a good egg.I remember all the hate our board get when we Suarez arrives,it turns out to be one of the best decision ever n everyone here kissing his ass now,just saying.
atletico were never going to sell below his release clause, don't use our club's name for no reason!
Manchester United :P
Btw, Pirlo has officially joined New York City FC... Now they have Vlla, Pirlo, Lampard.. :O

edit: Arda Turan is an official barcelona player now btw.. :/
Now i cant miss NYCFC matches
Jorge Sampaoli (Chile coach) :" I asked Leo Messi why did he refuse the best player of the tournament award, he answered that he came to win a trophy with his country and that individual trophies doesn't interest him... He has my respect
+3
But but he force bodies to give him MOTM and MVP , no ?
Just bluffing with media;-)
You know I was thinking about how Diego Simeone should be coach for Argentina. Reason being is his intensity, and passion that he shows, and shares with the players. A coach with character like him with Star studded Argentina squad could be what they need. He is so passionate, I feel he'd be one of the few that could bring the best out of Argentina game in and game out. Simeone makes you believe in yourself. Now, is he a hothead? Very much, but i mean who isnt these days? lol 2018 world cup is still a ways away, but tbh the only way Argentina can do anything, first they need El Cholo on the sideline
TBH he wont be much different from Sabella tactic wise , solid from behind and try to play on counter , one good thing about simone is that he works on teams and can adjust his focus based on opponent strength and weakness ,

I still think Bielsa will be perfect to manage a international side , there're even rumors of Sampaoli getting the job , as thing stands anyone will be better then BBQ Tata
+1
All of the Semifinalists had Argentina coaches, and the one coaching Argentina was the worst
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Primera División Table

Form
PTS
GD
GA
GF
L
D
W
Pl
Pos
94
89
21
110
4
4
30
38
1
92
80
38
118
6
2
30
38
2
78
38
29
67
6
9
23
38
3
77
38
32
70
5
11
22
38
4
76
26
45
71
8
7
23
38
5
60
11
37
48
10
12
16
38
6
55
1
41
42
13
10
15
38
7
51
3
44
47
13
12
13
38
8
50
-6
48
42
16
8
14
38
9
49
-4
51
47
15
10
13
38
10
49
-22
68
46
19
4
15
38
11
46
-7
51
44
14
13
11
38
12
41
-27
62
35
19
8
11
38
13
37
-33
67
34
19
10
9
38
14
37
-31
64
33
21
7
10
38
15
35
-25
60
35
17
14
7
38
16
35
-35
64
29
17
14
7
38
17
35
-21
55
34
21
8
9
38
18
29
-29
64
35
22
8
8
38
19
20
-46
68
22
24
11
3
38
20
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