The race for Arda Guler is heating up. Earlier today, it came to light that the player’s personal preference was to play in La Liga, and the equation thus now boils down to Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Joan Laporta is said to have already tabulated the Catalans’ first official bid for the Turkish prodigy that would see him join them next season.
As per the terms suggested, Barcelona offer to pay a part of the player’s €17.5 million release clause now and loan him back to Fenerbahce for a season. The second part of the payment would arrive next summer when the player actually makes the move.
With their arch-rivals already sending their representative to Turkey and submitting a proposal, the heat turned on at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier today. Mundo Deportivo brings out the proposal Real Madrid wish to present to Fenerbahce.
According to the Spanish publication, Los Blancos offer to pay Guler’s release clause over three instalments. The first portion of €8,750,000 will be settled immediately, with the remaining 50% coming in two instalments later.
Moreover, the Merengues offer Fenerbahce 20% of any future sale of the player. Given Guler’s talent and ceiling, however, one would expect him to stay at the club for decades if he were to arrive.
Interestingly, the teenager’s release clause stood at just €5 million a few weeks ago. However, his contract had a clause included by which it would jump to €17.5 million if he played 1500 minutes for the senior team.
Guler played 1540 minutes last season, triggering the change in the termination clause. With the price tag now clearly understood at Santiago Bernabeu, the Galacticos are expected to go all out in his signature in the coming week. However, it is not yet known if the player would arrive this summer or the next.
Real Madrid would have lost eight points if not for the summer signing
Jude Bellingham’s impact at Real Madrid this season is simply undeniable. However, what is even more fascinating is that if the Los Blancos had not signed him this summer, the team from the Spanish capital would have accumulated eight fewer points this season, reports AS.
The former Birmingham City and Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been in the thick of things ever since the first game of the season, which was a 2-0 win over Athletic Club away from home.
Since his opening day heroics, the England international has found the net six times in as many appearances across all competitions.
Too many draws without Bellingham
The 20-year-old midfielder has scored late winners in as many as three games for Madrid this season. In fact, among the matches Madrid have played this season, it was the opening game, against Athletic Club, that his goal was not decisive.
In that game, Rodrygo initiated the scoring, while the English international sealed the victory. It was a 0-2 triumph, which would still have been a win even without his contribution.
However, his impact was undeniable in the other encounters, such as the matches against Almeria (1-3, where he netted a brace and assisted Vinicius Jr’s goal), Celta (0-1), Getafe (1-0), and Union (1-0).
Where would Madrid be without him?
Once you do the math, that’s five goals scored in four games which transformed four draws into victories.
If it weren’t for Bellingham’s goals, Madrid’s League points would be six fewer, and their Champions League tally would be reduced by two, totaling eight points across all competitions. Although these are speculative scenarios, their credibility solidifies when examining the statistics.
As a result, Real Madrid have started with a flawless record of 18 points out of a possible 18 across all competitions.
We don’t really need to solidify the importance of last-minute goals in football, but if there was an award for it, Bellingham would be a worthy winner, to say the least.