Barcelona's Arda Turan Leaves With Touching Goodbye Message

Arda Turan joined Barcelona in 2015 after four successful seasons with Atletico Madrid

Arsenal target Arda Turan joins Istanbul Basaksehir on loan after nightmare spell at Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho could take the number seven shirt at Barcelona after the club sent Arda Turan out on loan to Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir for the next two and a half seasons. Basaksehir's buy-out options remained unspecified.

Basaksehir will pay Barca in variables dependent on a number of factors, including appearances and goals, as well as the team's success with Turan at the club. However, the Turkish midfielder didn't manage to fulfil his dream of winning the Champions League, his stated desire when he joined the club.

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The Istanbul football club quoted chairman Goksel Gumusdag as saying: "Today, Arda Turan is coming back to his country with an orange kit [of Basaksehir] on him".

Turan joined Barcelona in 2015 from Atletico Madrid for £24.2m but with the arrival of club-record signing Philippe Coutinho, the 30-year-old has chose to pursue first-team opportunities in Turkey.

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"This is not just a transfer for Basaksehir, but a transfer for Turkey".

Arda opted to join Barca from LaLiga rival Atletico Madrid in July 2015, but a transfer ban imposed on the club meant he did not debut until the next January.

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The fourth-most capped Turkish player will also be hoping to return to his best for the national team after reversing his decision to retire from global football in August.

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