The summer transfer window is just around the corner, and Fenerbahce’s talented youngster, Arda Guler, is reportedly up for grabs at a modest £15 million. Arsenal, known for their interest in young talents, have been linked with the 18-year-old wonderkid. However, they face fierce competition from Italian Serie A champions Napoli and French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain for his signature.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his squad’s depth, particularly in wide areas and midfield. Given Guler’s versatility and the fact that he is at the early stages of his career, acquiring his services could prove to be a smart move for either club in the long run. Renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has disclosed that Guler has a release clause of €17.5 million (£15 million) embedded in his current contract.
As the transfer window officially opens, Arsenal is expected to swiftly initiate their business, and Guler has emerged as a potential target. Let’s delve into his background and career so far. Born in Ankara, Turkey, in February 2005, Guler commenced his youth career at Genclerbirligi, a club based in the capital city.
On January 13, 2021, Guler signed a two-and-a-half-year professional contract with Fenerbahce. At the onset of the 2022-23 season, he was entrusted with the iconic number 10 shirt, a symbol of great significance to Fenerbahce fans as it was previously worn by club legend Alex de Souza. During a clash against Galatasaray on April 10, 2022, an unforgettable moment unfolded at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Among the sea of banners, one stood out: “Arda Guler: The Turkish Messi.” A devoted 20-year-old fan had traveled all the way from London to witness the fierce rivalry in one of the most passionate football matches worldwide.
In March 2022, Fenerbahce announced that Guler had agreed to a new three-year contract extension. Since making his first-team debut last season, Guler has amassed 29 appearances for Fenerbahce, scoring three goals and providing an assist in 13 outings this term. His impressive performances earned him a call-up to the Turkish national team.
During the 2022/23 season, Guler showcased his immense potential by featuring in 35 matches, netting six goals, and delivering seven assists. He stood out with an average of 2.9 key passes per game, a statistic surpassed by only five other players in the Turkish top division, according to WhoScored. Additionally, Guler completed an average of two successful dribbles per game, with only his teammate Emre Mor recording a higher figure. His season average rating of 7.32 places him as the fourth-highest-rated active player in the Turkish league.
Although Guler’s contract runs until 2025, reports suggest that a release clause of £15 million could make him an affordable target this summer. The allure of securing a promising talent at such a reasonable price may spark a bidding war among potential suitors vying for the young star’s services. As the transfer window unfolds, football enthusiasts eagerly await the next chapter in Guler’s promising career.
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