Barcelona board cannot sign Chelsea target Arda Turan 'at the moment' says Laporta

Arda Turan

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has stated that the club cannot currently sign Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan.

Laporta underlined that the board would be unable to approve the transfer until at least the presidential elections on 19 June.

“The board cannot overstep the line [on these issues]. He’s a wonderful player, I love him, but the board cannot display signs of interest for players at this moment, they must wait until the 19th when the new president has been elected. We don’t want players to come here by force – every player wants to join Barça,” Laporta told AS.

“Making such a serious inversion for a player requires a great deal of study by many people at the club. The board decided on Tuesday that they wouldn’t be getting involved in the matter because they haven’t the authority to do so”.

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Radio Cadena SER revealed that the Barcelona board vetoed a move for the Turkish international winger yesterday.

The bearded winger’s agent Ahmet Bulut caused further confusion when he denied even being in talks with the La Liga champions.

“I have not spoke with anyone from Barcelona these newspaper stories are just rumours,” Bulut told NTV Spor.

Turan will leave Atleti within the next few days according to his agent but Bulut has refused to disclose who his client will be joining.

“I am not going to say where Arda is going right now it is not the right time I would love to say but in three to four days the club will let you know anyway,” he added.

The Turkish international has a €41 million release clause and two years left on his contract.