Inter Milan have reportedly entered the race to lure Arda Turan away from Barcelona, according to the Spanish newspaper AS. Turan is also linked with Arsenal and Chinese Super League, with the Turkish international no longer in the plans of the La Liga giants next season.
Inter have become the first ever Serie A club to fall under Chinese ownership when the previous owner Erick Thohir sold the majority of shares to the Suning Holdings Group last June. The Nanjing-based group, which is one of the largest privately owned retailers in China, is ready to bolster the squad with many high-profile signings, and Turan seems to be one of their priorities this summer.
The Turkey captain is also keen for a move as he searches for first-team football away from Camp Nou. With the 2018 World Cup right around the corner, the 30-year-old will try to get maximum playing time under his belt. The report also revealed that teams in his homeland Turkey were interested in Turan, but the player would rather switch to the Premier League or Serie A.
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep María Bartomeu also plans to sell defender Jeremy Mathieu alongside Turan to raise money for his transfer targets. It is reported that the club is aiming to spend €100 million for two full-backs and a central midfielder. Héctor Bellerín, Theo Hernández, Marco Verratti, and Philippe Coutinho are on the wish list for the Catalans.