Barcelona experiences surge in Turkish tourists following Arda Turan transfer

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The city of Barcelona has experienced a surge of Turkish tourists following the transfer of Arda Turan to FC Barcelona according to Turkish Tour Operator platform leader Cem Polatoglu.

“Around 200 people from Turkey travel to Barcelona to watch home games since Arda Turan joined. Around 400 people from Turkey travel to Barcelona and watch a game at the Camp Nou each month,” Polatoglu told AA.

Two day packages to the city and to watch the game cost around €295 from Turkey.

Turan is one of the most popular footballers in Turkey and has several advertising deals with multinational companies including Lassa, Beko, Opet and MasterCard.

The Turkish international winger joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid over the summer transfer window on a five-year deal.

Turan had to wait six-months before making his debut due to the FIFA transfer ban but has since gone onto win all 16 games in which he has featured.

The bearded winger is one of the most decorated Turkish international players in history winning every domestic title in Spain and Turkey as well as every European trophy except the Champions League.