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.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.