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Cardiff compete with Italian giants in bid to sign Champions League midfielder

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Reports in the Turkish media are suggesting that Cardiff City want to strengthen their side ahead of their Premier League campaign by signing Tolgay Arslan.

According to Turkish media outlet Takvim, Cardiff will bid in the region of €7m to €8m for Besiktas midfielder Arslan.

Inter Milan and Roma have also held an interest in Arslan but were previously put off by Besiktas’ €10m asking price.

Cardiff are now hoping to swoop for the 27-year-old to bolster their midfield options.

The German-born midfielder played for Hamburg for six years after leaving the Borussia Dortmund academy and then moved to Besiktas in 2015.

Since then, the former Turkey and Germany youth international has played over 100 games for the Turkish top division side, including plenty of European football.

This season, he played six times in the Champions League and the Bluebirds are hoping to tap into his experience to add to their midfield ranks.

Cardiff are hoping to beat Italian heavyweights Inter Milan and Roma to the signing of Arslan to provide competition for places in midfield, especially after Craig Bryson and Marko Grujic returned to their parent clubs after their loan spells and Aron Gunnarsson is yet to pen a new deal at Cardiff.

The Verdict

If Cardiff can pull this off, Arslan could prove to become a very good signing.

At the price quoted, he is not a rip-off and that is better than the going price for someone in the prime of their career with Champions League experience.

What he lacks is knowledge of the Premier League and Warnock will be keen to add players of that profile to go alongside some more risky swoops such as Arslan.

Cardiff fans – Would you be pleased with this signing? Let us know below…

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