According to MARCA, Liverpool are considering a swoop for SL Benfica and Argentina star Enzo Fernandez, which could clear the path for Real Madrid to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer of 2023.
Bellingham has been the talk of the town for a while now and is set to spark a transfer war come summer. Real Madrid had shown serious interest in signing the 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund ace as they look to build a new midfield for the future.
However, recent reports had suggested that Los Blancos could miss out on the youngster as he was leaning towards a move to Liverpool, who are also intent on signing the England international.
On top of that, Bellingham’s rising valuation had also become a topic of concern for Real Madrid, which put his signing under doubt.
However, as per the latest report, Liverpool are now looking to make a move for Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez, which could open the door for Real Madrid in their pursuit of Bellingham.
Fernandez, 21, signed for Benfica only last summer and has been on the radars of Real Madrid and Barcelona as well. However, Liverpool seem to have jumped ahead in the race for the Argentine international.
The report states that the Reds consider him as a more achievable target due to his €90 million valuation while he could be immediately available as well, making him an enticing prospect for the Premier League giants.
Stumping up big money for Fernandez and Bellingham in quick succession could be difficult for Liverpool, leaving the door ajar for Real Madrid.
The Merengues were worried about splashing large sums to sign him but the report states that after watching Bellingham’s displays at the World Cup, club officials believe he would be worth every effort.
However, a lot depends on how Liverpool go about their plans and whether they decide to go after both Fernandez and Bellingham as Real Madrid wait to see how things develop.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.