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Barcelona rejected the chance to swap Arda Turan for Man City superstar in 2017



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In recent years, Barcelona have made several transfer blunders. The signings of Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann for enormous amounts of money have bombed spectacularly.

There have been reports that the Catalan giants also let go of a chance to sign Kylian Mbappe before he exploded into one of the best young forwards in the game.

Now another fresh report from journalist Francesc Aguilar is claiming that Barcelona had a great chance to sign current Manchester City star Bernardo Silva back in 2017, in a potential swap deal involving Arda Turan.

However, they turned down the opportunity and held on to the ex-Atletico Madrid ace instead as they sought to sell him to China.

Turan had signed for Barça in 2015 from Atletico Madrid but never lived up to the expectations. The 100-time capped former Turkish international failed to get going and soon became surplus to requirements.

In 2017, clubs from the Chinese Super League made attempts to sign him, with the Blaugrana also being keen on pushing through a deal, reports Mundo Deportivo. There was an offer of around €30 million on the table, which seemingly led to the club refusing to trade him for Silva.

However, Turan refused to move to the Far East, staying put at Camp Nou for another year before leaving for Istanbul Basaksehir in 2018 where he spent two years on loan. He then signed for Galatasaray in January 2020 on a free transfer.

Meanwhile, Silva, who would have still been at AS Monaco at the time the deal was proposed, has flourished. The Portuguese star joined Manchester City in 2017 and has scaled great heights under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, becoming a key player for the Premier League champions.

Barcelona, having missed out on his services back then, made an attempt to sign the 27-year-old last summer, but their attempts did not yield the desired results.

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