Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has set Premier League clubs on alert after he admitted that he is open to loaning out new signing Arda Turan.
The Turkish star was a target for both Manchester United and Chelsea this summer before opting for the European champions, but while neither of those would be plausible temporary homes for the midfielder because of the potential for cup-tying him, Liverpool and Tottenham would both be viable destinations.
“[Loaning him out] is a possibility,” Bartomeu told RAC1, “but the final decision must be made by coach Luis Enrique and it must be a purely technical decision.”
“It must be a team not playing in the Champions League,” he added.
Former Atletico Madrid star Turan cannot be registered as a Barcelona player until January owing to the transfer ban imposed on the Nou Camp club.
Arda Turan’s availability on loan will be a good news for clubs who are not in Champions League this season as Barcelona will not approve the Turkish playmaker to play on loan in another Champions League club as he would be cup tied and will not be eligible to feature for the European champions after finishing his 6 month loan spell.
Liverpool, who are long time admirers of the former Galatasaray man are now frontrunners to sign the attacking midfielder according to reports.
Spurs are also looking to bring the former Atletico player to White Hart Lane.
His arrival has put the future of Spanish winger Pedro in doubt, with Chelsea now keen on the World Cup winner.
Mirror Sport this week revealed that Chelsea are eyeing a £20million move for the Spanish international with Jose Mourinho making a special push to get his man.
Pedro is due back at Barcelona for training on Wednesday and admits he may have to leave, with his future uncertain and offers arriving.