Barcelona confirm Arda Turan exit to Istanbul Basaksehir

Barca midfielder Arda joins Basaksehir on loan until 2020

Barcelona announced the signing of Turan from Atletico Madrid for an initial fee of £24m in July 2015 but, due to their 14-month ban on registering new players, he could not make his debut until the start of 2016.

Barcelona and the Istanbul club agreed on a one-and-a-half year loan with an optional extra year, state broadcaster TRT Spor and Hurriyet daily reported.

Large sections of Barca's fans pleaded with the club to move Turan on over the summer transfer window, but both the board and player repeatedly insisted that a departure was never on the cards.

The club's president Goksel Gumusdag took charge of the negotiations, finally striking a deal with Barca's CEO Oscar Grau late in the week ahead of Saturday's announcement.

Turan departs the Catalans giants in the same week that they signed Philippe Coutinho for a club-record fee from Liverpool.

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"I'm here not just for short-term goals, but for long-term success", he was quoted as saying.

Basaksehir have risen rapidly over the last two seasons to rival the established Istanbul triumvirate of Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.

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Mina joined from Palmeiras on Thursday on a five-and-a-half year deal for £10.5 million.

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