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Barcelona star all set to join Arsenal in 2018

Failing 30-year-old has started just 23 league games for Barcelona and been subbed off in 11 of those as his stock plummets

ARSENAL will have no problem landing Arda Turan in 2018 after Barcelona made it clear they want the midfielder out.

The Gunners are already down in sixth after a 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday and look – as usual – in need of reinforcements.

Barcelona outcast Arda Turan is yet to play a La Liga game this season

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Barcelona outcast Arda Turan is yet to play a La Liga game this season

And the only thing in their way of signing the Nou Camp flop is interest from former club Galatasaray in his Turkish home.

Turan moved to Catalonia from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 – for around £30million – but could  not make his debut until January 2016 when their transfer ban expired.

But that wait has not seemed worth it as he has struggled with form and hamstring injuries ever since but is sitting pretty on a contract until 2020.

The unfancied 30-year-old has started just 23 league games for Barcelona and been subbed off in 11 of those.

Unwanted Barcelona forward Arda Turan is under contract until 2020

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Unwanted Barcelona forward Arda Turan is under contract until 2020

Barcelona are trying to offload high-earners such as Arda Turan

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Barcelona are trying to offload high-earners such as Arda Turan

This season he has made the bench just once in La Liga and was stuck for 90 minutes at home against Real Betis.

Last season Turan scored two hat-tricks in a dreamy December and that looked like kick-starting his Barca career but it has tanked dramatically again.

Some reports in Spain claim Arda Turan has refused to leave Barcelona

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Some reports in Spain claim Arda Turan has refused to leave Barcelona

Arda Turan has failed to impress at Barcelona since joining for £30m in 2015

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Arda Turan has failed to impress at Barcelona since joining for £30m in 2015

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The Gunners tried to land the playmaker in the summer, according to Turkey boss Mircea Lucescu, and they’ll have a second chance in January or the summer.

Lucescu said: “Arsenal made Arda an offer

“Arda was on the verge of joining Arsenal this summer but it did not go through.

“Galatasaray wanted him but it did not happen, same with Monaco.

“Arda is going through a tough time.”