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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Barcelona's Arda Turan would have considered Arsenal transfer

Arda Turan has said he would have settled for signing for Arsenal if his performances had not been good enough for a move to Barcelona.

Turan, 29, joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid last summer for an initial fee of €34 million (£24.1m), although he was not able to make his debut until January due to Barca's transfer ban.

The Turkey international, whose club beat Arsenal 5-1 on aggregate to reach the Champions League quarterfinals, has said he would have considered a switch to the Gunners.

Turan is quoted by The Independent as telling Diari Ara: "I felt that I would sign for Barca. Honestly, I thought: 'If I play very well I'll end up signing for Barca, because my style fits this team. If I play well, finish at Arsenal.'

"For my style, with ball, playing easy, short, aggressive when needed, but especially good, I knew I could get here in Barcelona."

Earlier this month, Turkey coach Fatih Terim said Turan's feeding of Barcelona's front three could help the club win the Treble again this year.

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