Arda Turan
Turan wants to stay at Atletico despite Premier League offers.Reuters

Arsenal have the advantage in the race to sign Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan after he indicated through his agent he would relish the chance to play under Arsene Wenger.

The playmaker has enjoyed another compelling campaign under Diego Simeone as Atletico aim to break Barcelona and Real Madrid's duopoly at the summit of La Liga.

Ahmet Bulut, Turan's agent, has indicated on a number of occasions in the past that Premier League clubs are keen on his client's services having been linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool.

Although he insists the Turkish international is keen to remain at the Vicente Calderon and help Atletico in their attempts to dislodge the Spain's big two, Bulut has revealed the opportunity to play in England would be of interest to Turan, particularly under the guidance of the Arsenal manager.

"He is interested in working under the tutelage if Arsene Wenger and Arda wants to play in England," Bulut was quoted as saying by Mundo Deportivo.

"But Arda does not want to leave Atletico Madrid. They are currently in the title race and he is a key player for the club."

Arda's reluctance to abandon his club is further complicated by his long term contract in Madrid. The former Galatasaray player signed a contract extension that will keep him at Atletico until 2017 just last year and a release clause of £36m is also likely to be a stumbling block for any club wishing to sign the 27-year-old.

His agent had earlier indicated that offers from unnamed English clubs had been made.

"We have received offers from English clubs. There are two sides to every transfer, the player and the club. It is up to both to decide. However, for now I would like to point out once again that Arda recently renewed his contract and he wants to stay at Atletico"

Arda arrived at Atletico in 2011 and has been a key component in the club's success since then, winning the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Copa Del Rey during his time in the Spanish capital.