Luis Enrique deserves Arda Turan, says Bartomeu

The former president hopes to see the coach rewarded with the signing of the Turk after a fine first season, and feels he is the favourite to win the election

Former  Barcelona  president Josep Maria Bartomeu thinks the signing of Atletico Madrid playmaker Arda Turan  would be just reward for coach Luis Enrique .

Barca's interim management committee, formed following the resignation of Bartomeu ahead of the election on July 18, meet later on Monday to decide whether to proceed with a deal for the Turkey international.

And Bartomeu, who will stand in the election alongside Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa, Agusti Benedito and Joan Batiste, hopes Luis Enrique is given the green light to strengthen a squad which claimed a domestic and continental treble last season.

"Luis Enrique has earned the faith of everyone at the club and deserves the signing of Arda," he told reporters. 

"I don’t have a problem with the interim board signing Arda. He’s a request of the coach."

Bartomeu has done a fine job in steadying the ship at Camp Nou after being installed as president in January 2014 following the resignation of Sandro Rosell although success on the pitch has at times been overshadowed by controversy off it, with the signing of Neymar from Santos still being dragged through the Spanish legal system.

And he remains confident of reclaiming the role of president later this month.

He added: “I’m happy with the signatures that I’ve received. We have more than others so it shows that we’ve done well.”