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Official: Real Madrid sign Arda Guler on a six-year contract

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Real Madrid have announced their fourth signing of the summer transfer window having clinched the capture of Arda Guler from Fenerbahce.

The 18-year-old attacking midfield prodigy had been on the radars of several top clubs, including Barcelona this summer. And for a while it even appeared that the teenager would be headed to Catalonia.

However, some late movements from Real Madrid convinced Guler to agree to move to the Spanish capital instead.

“Real Madrid C. F. and Fenerbahçe SK have agreed the transfer of the player Arda Güler, who will be linked to our club for the next six seasons,” the official statement read.

“The presentation of Arda Güler as a new Real Madrid player will take place tomorrow, Friday 7 July, at 12:00 noon at Ciudad Real Madrid. Arda Güler will then appear before the media.”

Just 18 years of age, Guler had been making all the right noises with Fenerbahce, even breaking into the Turkish national team. The teenager has been likened to former Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil owing to the similarities in their style of play.

As mentioned in the statement, Guler has signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid. The Merengues are believed to have spent a sum of €20 million to sign the 18-year-old while also including a 20% future sell-on clause.

It had been suggested previously that Guler could be loaned back to Fenerbahce for one season. But that will not be the case and he will be arriving at Real Madrid right away and become a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team setup.

Guler becomes the fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Fran Garcia, Jude Bellingham, and Joselu.

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out

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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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