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Real Madrid attempted to sign Liverpool €100 million striker in 2022, were turned down – Fabrizio Romano

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Real Madrid’s top priority heading into the summer transfer window of 2022 was completing the signing of Jude Bellingham, who had been on their radar for a while.

They had to fend off interest from the Premier League, with Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United all hot on the trail of the Englishman.

Eventually, Bellingham chose Madrid over the English giants, and los blancos had to pay up €103 million for his signature, which has proven to be more than worth it so far.

However, if a report from Fabrizio Romano can be believed, before the Bellingham transfer went through, Real Madrid tried to sign Darwin Nunez from Liverpool in the summer. They were considering the move for him early in June.

They discussed a potential transfer with both, Nunez and Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp and the club board decided to keep the Uruguayan at the club for the season.

Nunez moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2022 for around €100 million, including add-ons, making him the most expensive player in the Reds’ history. They have placed complete faith in him despite his topsy-turvy tenure at the club so far.

Madrid were exploring a move for the striker, possibly to replace Karim Benzema, who unexpectedly left for Al-Ittihad at the end of the season.

Eventually, Florentino Perez refused to sign a top forward to replace him, relying on the signings of Joselu and Brahim Diaz to do the trick, coupled with Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo, of course.

Bellingham has been their key marksman this season, with 20 goals across La Liga and the Champions League.

They will, however, look to sign Kylian Mbappe in the summer as the player is finally set to leave PSG at the end of the season on a free transfer.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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