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Should Everton Pursue Loan Deal for Arda Turan?

Here's today's "If wishes were horses.." column

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Treble champions Barcelona have recently completed the signing of Turkish international Arda Turan. However, due to the terms of the transfer ban imposed on the Catalan club by FIFA, he will be unable to play, even in friendlies, until January of 2016.

Roberto Martinez loves bringing players in at Everton on loan. It presents a low risk, high reward possibility of improving the squad depth at a cheaper outlay than a full transfer. The Spaniard has been known to tap into his Catalan roots for this, resulting in first the loan deal that brought Gerard Deulofeu to Goodison Park, and then culminated in his signing for the club over this summer. Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku were also loan players that signed contract to become Blues.

In no way is this a suggestion that Everton might even dream of making Turan a Toffee, especially with his €8 million salary. Nevertheless, can it really hurt Martinez to call up his buddy Lucho to see if he would be interested in getting his new playmaker some solid English football experience instead of sitting on the shelf for six months. Everton's passing game last season was based on Barca's tiki-taka and Luis Enrique knows that he can rely on Roberto to give his guy playing time. Turan's tough-tackling and trash-talking style would be wildly welcomed at Goodison Park and he would be making himself at home very soon putting Diego Costa and Wayne Rooney in their respective places.

We know Everton need a number 10 while Ross Barkley repairs his fragile and damaged self-confidence. Meanwhile, Turan has excelled in the attacking midfielder role in his time at Atlético Madrid - read this statistical analysis done by Barca Blaugranes on what the player can contribute to this world-beating squad. Barkley can learn a lot about imposing himself physically on the pitch as well as pressing deep and gritty leadership from Turan.

Barcelona presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu has not ruled out a possible loan deal for the player. He spoke on Catalan radio station RAC1 saying that a loan "... is a possibility, but the final decision must be made by [Luis Enrique] and it must be a purely technical decision." Get in Roberto, we say!

Of course, absolutely one of this will come to pass, but it would be nice to dream.