Barça’s Arda Turan on way back to Istanbul after talks with Barcelona
However, Başakşehir, which has risen fast over the last two seasons to rival the established Istanbul triumvirate of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, warned that the transfer was still a work in progress.
He said he returned from the talks “feeling positive” both due to the player’s enthusiasm and the backing of its sponsor.
“We have agreed in principle on many issues but there are still some steps that need to be taken,” Gümüşdağ added.
Press reports have said that a six-month loan deal - which could be converted into a permanent arrangement - was being discussed.
The player is a household name in his home country, where his personal life is followed as closely as his exploits on the field.
But the subsequent departure of Terim, which also came in the wake of a fistfight, opened the way for Turan’s recall in August under Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu.
Many expected Turan to rejoin Galatasaray, the club where he rose to stardom a decade ago, but Terim’s appointment as manager appears to have made this look impossible.
Last season’s runner-up Başakşehir won 2-1 against city rival Kasımpaşa away in the closing game of the first half of the season on Dec. 24, entering the winter break atop the standings with 36 points, one above Galatarasaray.
Veteran Turkish midfielder Emre Belözoğlu and Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor are among the most recognizable names in the Başakşehir squad.