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Real Madrid legends to travel to Turkey to secure €17.5 million-rated prodigy’s signing

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As per reports relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are set to make an official move for Fenerbahçe’s 18-year-old sensation, Arda Guler.

The decision comes after it was revealed that Barcelona had sent their delegations to try to convince the player to move to Camp Nou.

As part of Real Madrid’s approach, they will club legends send Emilio Butragueño and Roberto Carlos, who played for Fenerbahçe for three years during the latter part of his career, to Turkey.

Real Madrid’s interest in Guler is firm, but the reported interest of Barcelona and even Milan is going to be an issue. At the moment, they are trying to find a formula to get the player into the first team this summer.

The 18-year-old has a release clause worth €17.5 million, but Barcelona are ready to pay €22 million for hin, the same as Milan. So if Real Madrid really want to sign him up, they will have to exceed that figure.

But what works in Real Madrid’s favour is the fact that Guler wants to play for them.

Right now, the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to be in a war to sign the young prodigy and the fact that he personally wishes to play for the Los Blancos could really work in their favour.

Meanwhile, there have been various reports regarding how Madrid wish to use Guler in the upcoming season. 

The team from the Spanish capital city is, in fact, considering the possibility of his acquisition this summer and loaning him out to Fenerbahce or a different club in Europe. The idea here is to let him avoid competition within the club by having great exposure.

However, the idea of him staying at the Santiago Bernabeu is not entirely ruled out either. But with Barcelona making big moves for Guler’s signing, Real Madrid must act swiftly.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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