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Real Madrid among teams closest to signing €17.5 million wonderkid – Italian sources

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Real Madrid appear to be in pole position to complete the signing of Arda Guler, reports Corriere Dello Sport (via SPORT).

The Italian news outlet suggests the Spanish giants are one of the frontrunners for his signing, along with FC Barcelona and AC Milan.

Arda Guler, who has become one of the most-wanted prospects in Europe right now, is available for a cut-price fee this summer, with a release clause making him available for a fee of just €17.5 million. This had put Real Madrid on high alert, along with other top clubs across Europe.

Although Los Blancos have been linked with moves for Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane this summer, they are keen on signing Guler as well. In fact, many believe the young Turk could be the ultimate surprise package for the Spanish giants in this transfer window.

Real Madrid’s offer to Guler appears to have convinced Fenerbahce. The recent round of negotiations have been tilted things in the Merengues’ favour and it appears the club are moving a step closer to complete the signing, claims another report from AS.

From a tactical perspective, Guler could prove to be an ideal alternative for the returning Brahim Diaz and the new signing Jude Bellingham, in the number ten role.

With Carlo Ancelotti considering a switch to a 4-3-1-2 formation, Guler could ideally sit behind the two forwards and offer the creative essence in the final third. Alternatively, he could operate in a wide role of a 4-3-3, serving as a backup for someone like Rodrygo.

Not to mention, the arrival of Guler could give Ancelotti more options in the creative department, as he looks to find a long-term replacement for the outgoing Marco Asensio this summer.

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members

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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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