BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has secured attacking midfielder Arda Turan from fellow Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
The European champions announced a five-year deal for the 28-year-old Turkey midfielder.
Barcelona made the signing despite currently being without a permanent president or executive board members, who resigned under club bylaws before elections on July 18.
A caretaker board closed the transfer worth 34 million euros — plus a possible 7 million more — but it says the incoming board must ratify the deal. If not, the deal includes a clause that the new board has until July 20 to sell Turan back to Atletico.
Turan, like fellow newcomer Aleix Vidal, won't be able to play for Barcelona until 2016 due to the FIFA ban for violating transfer rules for youths.