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Real Madrid face stiff competition from Barcelona in pursuit of €17.5 million prodigy

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Arda Guler is the latest young sensation on the radars of Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old Fenerbahce wonderkid enjoyed a very solid 2022/23 campaign after taking over the No. 10 shirt at the club following Mesut Ozil’s goodbye.

An attacking midfielder able to play through the middle or on the right, the teenager finished the season with six goals and seven assists from 35 matches. He has also made four appearances for the Turkish national team, scoring once.

Real Madrid have taken a strong interest in Guler and are looking to sign him up before loaning him back to Fenerbahce for the next season.

However, according to AS, Real Madrid are set to face stiff competition from arch-rivals Barcelona in pursuit of Guler, who has a release clause worth €17.5 million in his contract.

Barcelona’s incoming sporting director, Deco, has made it a point to sign Guler and is working hard to convince the 18-year-old to snub the Merengues and the other half-dozen clubs pursuing him in favour of a transfer to Catalonia.

As mentioned earlier, Real Madrid wish to sign Guler this summer but loan him back to Fenerbahce for the upcoming season so that his development continues without any problems.

But, the 18-year-old wishes to leave Turkey right away, and Deco and Barcelona will play to that in the hope of beating the Merengues in the race for his signature.

Real Madrid have made it a point to try and sign the best youth talent from across the globe, as indicated by the recent signings of Endrick and Jude Bellingham.

The Spanish capital outfit intend to add Guler to the list as well, but with Barcelona and several other clubs in the hunt for his signing, it remains to be seen where the young prodigy ends up.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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