Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan is expected to leave the Spanish capital this summer (via Daily Mail), and while the 28-year-old has a list of admirers – including Manchester United – it is Chelsea that lead the chase for his signature, according to the Mail.
Should he move to Stamford Bridge, he would become part of one of the most competitive midfields in the Premier League, meaning that he will have to offer Jose Mourinho something different to the tough-tackling nature of Nemanja Matic, the enterprising style of Cesc Fabregas, and the skilful speed of Eden Hazard.
If Mourinho decides to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation again this season – and why wouldn’t he, given the success it provided last year – then Turan will most likely find a place as part of the trio that sit behind the striker. His lack of pace makes it likely that he will play the central role of the three, while Hazard and Willian work the wings, and provide supply to him.
Playing in the centre would provide him with the best opportunity to link up once again with Mourinho’s favoured striker Diego Costa, as the Spanish international also moved to Stamford Bridge from Atletico. The 26-year-old was lethal at the Vicente Calderon, and Mourinho may be hoping that Turan’s potential arrival helps him maintain the standards he has reached in the past couple of years.
However, while Turan is an excellent passer, and reads the game impeccably, he is not the kind of player that is going to be walking off the pitch covered in sweat, having put in a hefty shift. In fact, Marca recently reported that his desire to leave the La Liga side comes from the belief that his manager Diego Simeone expects him to run too much.
That attribute may not be expected of him in London however, as Mourinho has often instructed his side to sit deep and soak up pressure, before venturing out of their own third on the counter. Their ability to punish sides means that that philosophy is very effective.
And on the many occasions that the Blues go into games as favourites, the side will spend a lot of time in the opposition’s half, so then again, may not need to cover much ground to get the result they want.
He may already be popular with Mourinho also, as the Daily Mail report that he actually voted for the Special One to win manager of the year at the 2014 Ballon d’Or, rather than Simeone, who had guided the Spanish side to the La Liga title, and a Champions League final. He later claimed that FIFA had made a mistake, and he did in fact vote for his manager.
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