Real Madrid have had an indifferent transfer window so far. They have recently had to deal with the exit of star midfielder Casemiro, who has recently joined Manchester United on a big-money move.
On the flip side, the club were dealt with a massive disappointment when Kylian Mbappe opted to remain at Paris Saint-Germain. Los Blancos have since been looking out for alternatives in the transfer market.
According to Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Zone), one such alternative for Real Madrid earlier this summer was Gabriel Jesus.
The Manchester City forward was a top target for Carlo Ancelotti in his quest to reinforce the attacking department. The Real Madrid boss had even deemed him as the perfect option to accompany the likes of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior in the attack next season.
A fee of €50 million was considered to be a bargain in the Real Madrid camp, especially for a player of his quality, experience and pedigree at the highest level of football.
However, the move could never materialise due to passport issues. The striker ultimately joined Arsenal on a big-money move. He is the marquee signing for the Gunners this summer, with the forward hoping to add a new dimension to the club’s attacking unit.
Real Madrid, for their part, have yet to make any notable move in the transfer market since the capture of Aurelien Tchouameni. The departure of Casemiro should give them some leeway, not only from a financial perspective but also in terms of the total number of non-EU players in the squad.
While the signing of Gabriel Jesus is not a possibility anymore, it would not come as a surprise to see Real Madrid go after a talented South American talent as we enter the final stage of the transfer window.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.