With Arda Guler becoming one of the most coveted young prospects in European football, top clubs across the continent are vying for his signature this summer.
And, MARCA is reporting that La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona are ‘at war’ for the signing of the 18-year-old attacking midfielder, whose contract has a release clause worth €17.5 million.
Real Madrid have been tracking Guler for a long time now and have made it a serious mission to sign him this summer. The Spanish capital club see him as a perfect fit for their recruitment strategy of signing young talents with potential to become superstars.
Los Blancos have considered the possibility of signing Guler this summer and loaning him out to Fenerbahce or a different club in Europe as they have players like Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz who play in the 18-year-old’s position, which would restrict his game time.
However, the possibility of retaining him at the club from this year only has not been entirely ruled out either.
As far as Barcelona are concerned, they are making big efforts to secure an agreement for Guler. Their new sporting director, Deco, even flew to Turkey yesterday to hold talks with the youngster’s club and entourage.
However, the Catalan giants would be looking to sign him for 2024 as their financial problems prohibit them from welcoming the 18-year-old to the club this summer itself.
Both the La Liga giants are very keen on signing Guler and are at war to acquire his services. Recent reports have suggested that Barcelona might have their noses in front following Deco’s visit to Turkey.
But Real Madrid are not giving up on the teenage sensation as of yet and will hope to beat their arch-rivals for his capture. The Merengues wish to have their squad ready in time for pre-season and believe that the matter will be resolved in the coming days one way or the other.
Video: Real Madrid vs Las Palmas ends in dispute between Ancelotti and star forward
Real Madrid’s game against Las Palmas this midweek was an important one for the club.
The Spanish giants secured a 2-0 victory over the Canaries. But more importantly, the game witnessed the return of Vinicius Junior, who was coming back from an injury.
However, it was not the most pleasing return from the Brazilian, who had an altercation with head coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Dispute ends without a handshake
A video has surfaced recently which shows that Vinicius Junior and Ancelotti even ended the game without even shaking hands.
The altercation started when Ancelotti was seen talking to Vinicius, asking him to play more freely.
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Vinicius, though, was not happy with the Italian’s tactics. He pointed out his disagreement with Ancelotti and highlighted the team’s lack of structure.
Ancelotti continued to yell at the Brazilian, asking him to play a certain way. The matters turned worse when Vini continued to turn his back on the Real Madrid coach.
After the final whistle, the Brazilian international did glance past Ancelotti without even shaking his hand.
Ancelotti under pressure
This is a worrying sign for Real Madrid and an indicator that the team is not entirely happy with Ancelotti, who has faced criticism despite a relatively good start to the season.
Although the Real Madrid board has continued to back the former AC Milan and PSG coach, the Italian is certainly running on thin ice.
The upcoming games against Girona, Napoli and Osasuna could be crucial as Real Madrid look to maintain their winning momentum, especially following a derby defeat to Atleti.
In the meantime, Ancelotti must definitely have a word with Vinicius and calm the Brazilian, knowing the attacker could play a key role in revving up the team’s offensive unit in the coming weeks.