According to some reports, Tottenham have agreed a deal in principle to sign the Galatasaray winger Arda Turan, with Giovanni Dos Santos going the other way.
Turan is a left winger who has been compared to Lionel Messi and at 23-years old, has already won 34 caps for Turkey. He’s also Galatasaray’s captain, which suggests that he might be the sort of vocal character that Harry is always stressing we need (or that Galatasaray will do anything to keep him).
For a player of such repute I’ve got my doubts as to whether the reported fee of 5m euros plus Dos Santos would be enough. We paid £4.7m for the Mexican forward two seasons ago and you would hardly think that his value would have increased in that period. So I’d expect we’d have to pay at least double what has been reported, with Dos Santos as the makeweight.
Do we really need to shell out that sort of dosh for someone that plays in a position where we’re pretty well stocked? I think that Redknapp sees Bale as an attacking full back long term, while Modric and Kranjcar might play more centrally should we switch to a 4-3-3, so perhaps signing Turan would make sense. It would be a bit of a kick in the teeth for Danny Rose though.
Harry has talked about our need for ‘special’ players that could lift us to another level. These highlights videos don’t tell the full story of a player, but they do suggest that Turan possesses the sort of skill that would put him into that sort of category.
The verdict: On the face of it another left midfielder doesn’t seem like a priority, but you just know that if we did sign Turan, we’d all wet our pants at the thought of watching him at White Hart Lane next season. Considering that Dos Santos has hardly featured for us since he’s been at Tottenham, then perhaps we should take a chance on this deal.