Barca midfielder Arda joins Basaksehir on loan until 2020

Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir announced the loan signing of FC Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan today

Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir announced the loan signing of FC Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan today

Barcelona have reached an agreement for Arda Turan to return to Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir on a two-and-a-half year loan deal, the club confirmed on Saturday.

Club president Goksel Gumusdag said in a statement."Arda Turan is returning to his country wearing the orange kit (of Basaksehir)".

Turkey global Turan moved to the Camp Nou from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2015, but Barca's transfer embargo meant he was prevented from registering for the club until January 1, 2016.

In a tweet, the club shared a video of a crossword being filled in with the key answers being "Arda Turan".

The deal effectively puts an end to Arda's disappointing spell at the Camp Nou following his move from Atletico Madrid two years ago and he has not played one minute of competitive football for the Liga Santander leaders this season.

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Turan's new club Basaksehir have risen fast over the last two seasons to rival the established Istanbul triumvirate of Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray and lead the Super Lig by a point.

Basaksehir confirmed earlier this week that they had agreed personal terms with Turan but that they still had to finalise the deal with Barca.

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 made a decision to pursue first-team opportunities in Turkey.

He quit worldwide football last June after former coach Fatih Terim threw him out of a training camp following a fracas with a reporter on a plane.

During his 18 months under Enrique there were highs, including two hat tricks last season, but he was mainly used as a substitute.

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