In a stunning turn of events, Fenerbahce wonderkid Arda Guler has made the decision to join Real Madrid this summer, despite strong interest from arch-rivals Barcelona. The 18-year-old rising star had attracted the attention of both La Liga giants, but he is now on the brink of finalizing a move to the Spanish capital. Real Madrid’s determination to secure Guler’s signature saw them surpass his release clause in order to facilitate a smooth transfer.
The news, confirmed by The Athletic, reveals that Guler had a contract with Fenerbahce until 2025, which included a release clause set at €17.5 million. The Turkish club insisted that this clause be met, and Real Madrid is expected to exceed the specified amount to ensure a seamless departure for the young talent. Additionally, Fenerbahce has negotiated a 20% sell-on clause as part of the agreement.
Upon the completion of the deal, Guler is anticipated to join Carlo Ancelotti’s squad for the pre-season preparations. Final discussions to conclude the negotiation process are scheduled to take place this week.
The talented attacking midfielder had also garnered significant interest from Barcelona, as confirmed by the club’s president, Joan Laporta. However, Guler has made the decisive choice to join Real Madrid, opting for the allure of the Spanish capital over their fierce rivals.
This transfer coup for Real Madrid underlines their determination to secure promising talents from around the world. As negotiations near completion, the club prepares to welcome Guler into the fold, integrating him into Ancelotti’s plans for the upcoming season.
For Barcelona, missing out on the talented youngster will undoubtedly be a disappointment, especially after the club’s president openly acknowledged their interest. The competition between the two Spanish powerhouses extends beyond the pitch, as they vie for emerging talents who possess the potential to shape the future of football.
As the formalities of the deal are finalized, football enthusiasts eagerly await official confirmation of Guler’s move to Real Madrid, marking another significant chapter in the dynamic transfer market.
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