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Real Madrid want €17.5 million wonderkid, player fits the club’s recruitment profile

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Real Madrid’s business in the summer transfer window was said to be complete after the signing of Jude Bellingham, Fran Garcia, and Joselu. However, it now appears that the reports were premature.

According to an update from Mario Cortegana, Los Blancos are seriously interested in the signing of Fenerbahce star Arda Guler. 

The youngster is everything Real Madrid are looking for in a new acquisition – young, talented and available at a reasonable price (€17.5 million release clause) considering his quality. The men in white have been scouting his profile for a while now, but their attention is now turning into a serious interest.

Two options lie on Real Madrid’s table concerning the young prodigy’s potential arrival, for a direct spot in the first team looks increasingly difficult to assure. After all, the squad already has seven players competing for three starting spots in midfield.

One of the ideas Real Madrid consider, thus, is to sign the player and loan him back to Fenerbahce for a season. Such an approach would give them ample time to clear the field by next season, especially given that the veterans will be closer to leaving than staying.

The second option is to sign the Turkish star and send him to Castilla. However, the chances of a player of his quality accepting the subsidiary role are minimal.

Guler has no shortage of options on his table, and the race for his signing could well run deep into the transfer window. Barcelona, AC Milan, and Newcastle United are just a few of the order options the youngster can choose from.

Earlier this week, media reported that the 18-year-old was one of the three long-term targets Real Madrid had identified and shortlisted. With this perhaps being their best chance of catching their target young, it remains to be seen how far Los Blancos fight for his acquisition.

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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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