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Real Madrid table €10 million offer for teenage Turkish prodigy – report

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Having roped in Arda Guler from Fenerbahce last year, Real Madrid are planning to go shopping in Turkey once again in the upcoming transfer window.

On the radars of the Spanish capital club is teenage goalkeeping prospect Onuralp Cevikkan, who plies his trade for Trabzonspor in Turkey.

Just 18 years old, the young goalkeeper joined Trabzonspor from Altinordu last summer and has impressed with the club’s youth teams, with Real Madrid taking note.

Real Madrid send offer for Cevikkan

Now, according to reports in Turkey, as relayed by AS, Real Madrid are serious about their interest in Cevikkan and in fact have made an opening offer for the Turkish prodigy.

Real Madrid scouts have been watching him in action for Trabzonspor’s youth team as well as the Turkish Under-18 national team, who were recently in action against Spain.

Having been impressed by what they saw, Los Blancos have sent in an offer worth €10 million to sign Cevikkan from Trabzonspor.

The idea would be to sign him and send him to the Castilla team, who have had a forgettable season thus far under Raul Gonzalez.

As far as the first-team picture is concerned, Real Madrid have Thibaut Courtois and Andriy Lunin as their goalkeepers, with the latter set to renew his contract imminently.

But Courtois is in his thirties and has had injury issues of late. So, laying down a succession plan for the Belgian for the future would make sense for the Merengues.

And, Cevikkan seems to have shown enough potential for Real Madrid to bring him in and help him develop further within the club ranks.

The youngster signed a new contract until 2028 with Trabzonspor in February. So, it remains to be seen if they are willing to accept the €10 million offer for him.

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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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