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Real Madrid eye Turkish prodigy as future replacement for key superstar – report

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Real Madrid are renowned for future-proofing positions even when competition is already healthy in the squad.

But it is their successful foresight and ability to prioritise long-term ambitions that truly sets them apart, ensuring sustained excellence.

While the Merengues are keen on fortifying a variety of positions in the upcoming summer transfer window, with the likes of Leny Yoro, Kylian Mbappe, and Alphonso Davies all on the agenda, the goalkeeper position is also being taken into consideration.

Real Madrid have identified Turkish prodigy

Owing to Thibaut Courtois’ injury concerns, Andriy Lunin’s impending contract expiration, although a renewal is likely, and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s loan spell nearing an end, Real Madrid are on the lookout for promising young keepers whom they can invest in.

And according to Turkish media, as relayed by Fichajes, Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Onuralp Cevikkan, an 18-year-old goalkeeper who presently plays for Trabzonspor.

Los Blancos’ scouts have reportedly been watching the young goalie in the Turkish under-18 team’s games, and have been impressed with what he has to offer.

Courtois has battled injuries this season. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

With his tall stature as he is 1.90 meters tall and goalkeeping skills, he emerges as an appealing prospect for Real Madrid as they seek long-term solutions for their goalkeeper position.

A talented prospect

Trabzonspor acquired Cevikkan from Altınordu for a transfer fee of €700,000 during the previous summer transfer window.

Despite his limited playing time due to his young age, Cevikkan is recognized for his talent and promising future in football.

This would not be the first time Real Madrid would be dipping their toes in the Turkish market, as they signed Arda Guler from Fenerbahçe last summer.

Time will tell if Real Madrid end up pursuing a move for the young goalkeeper, but considering Courtois’ age and tussles with injuries, a successor might be sought.

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition

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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.

Cost-cutting

The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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