Arda Turan’s agent Ahmet Bulut has stated that he is not optimistic regarding making an early debut for Barcelona.
“Arda is happy with the thought of playing before January, but he knows it’s not easy to get FIFA’s permission,” Bulut was quoted as saying by Four Four Two.
“We’re not optimistic. Hopefully they’ll say yes, but we’re realistic and we already have it in our minds that he won’t play before January.
“We hope FIFA will announce a decision this week.”
Barcelona have asked permission to register summer signing Arda Turan to replace the injured Rafinha with immediate effect according to ESPN.
The reigning La Liga champions signed Turan on a £24 million transfer from Atletico Madrid over the summer but are unable to register the bearded winger until January 4 2016 due to the FIFA transfer ban currently in place.
Barcelona are allowed to sign players but are unable to register them until the turn of the year however, with Rafinha expected to be out for months with a long term injury after suffering a torn cruciate ligament there is a chance the Champions League title holders could replace him with Turan.
The La Liga giants have asked the Spanish football association (RFEF) and FIFA for Turan to replace Rafinha in the squad.