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Real Madrid could consider using the ‘Brahim Diaz formula’ with 18-year-old prodigy

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When Real Madrid signed Arda Guler from Fenerbache last summer, everyone had mixed feelings mostly because the world had not seen much of the youngster. 

In Turkey, the 18-year-old was doing wonders, but translating the same form at Real Madrid among other superstars was a big distrust. As such, the young attacking midfielder has not had enough minutes to judge his tenure this season.

The reason for that is his troubles with injuries and for that, Guler has missed more than 100 days of action.

As of today, the 18-year-old has made just four substitute appearances for Real Madrid and everything indicates that he could be on his way out on loan this coming summer.

Has Real Madrid decided something?

The simple answer to his questions is, yes! As reported by SPORT, Real Madrid are thinking of taking the same route as Brahim Diaz. 

Next season when Kylian Mbappe will be in the team, the chances of Guler getting important minutes in the first team would be very low, which is why Madrid are contemplating the idea of a loan deal for him.

Milan are interested in Arda Guler. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

As quoted by the publication, Real Madrid are looking to replicate the success of the ‘Brahim formula’ by proposing a similar arrangement with Guler, intending to loan him to Milan for a duration of two seasons

Milan were interested in Guler

Milan had been among the top bidders last summer for the promising Turkish player, competing with both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Right now, Madrid are open to the idea of loaning Guler to San Siro for two years, with the possibility of extending for a third season without an option to buy, mirroring the terms of Brahim’s loan.

Interestingly enough, the similarities between Diaz’s situation and that of Guler are striking. Diaz, a former Manchester City player, joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 as a prospect for the future. 

However, he didn’t secure a prominent role in his initial two seasons with the team.

After spending three successful loan years at Milan, the Spaniard has significantly developed his skills and emerged as a pivotal force for Carlo Ancelotti’s squad.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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