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Barca plan to offload Arsenal target this summer

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Arsenal summer transfer target Arda Turan will reportedly be put up for sale this summer as Barcelona look to raise funds to tie Lionel Messi down to a new contract.

The Argentine star’s contract is set to expire in 2018 and is becoming a cause for concern for Barcelona.

However, it is believed that the Catalan club may have to offload a few players in order to afford the kind of money required to keep Messi at the Camp Nou, and Turan is understood to be among those set for a summer exit.

The 30-year-old Turkey international has struggled to cement establish himself at Barcelona since his move from Atletico Madrid last season and, according to Spanish publication AS, has become surplus to requirements.

Arsenal could be in the market this summer for a player such as Turan with Mesut Ozil’s future at the Emirates still in doubt.

Despite his struggles at Barcelona, Turan remains one of Europe’s finest playmakers and would be seen by some as an ideal replacement for Ozil, should the German decide to leave Arsenal this summer.

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