The current situation at Real Madrid testifies to the problem the club face at right-back. Lucas Vazquez is ruled out of action for several weeks while Daniel Carvajal injured himself in training less than a week ago.
Staring at the clash against Athletic Club later today, Carlo Ancelotti has no natural right-back available on duty.
The Merengues are hunting for a new face to fill the ranks behind the Spanish veterans. Yet, at the same time, they refuse to make any move in the ongoing transfer window, even if it comes at the cost of losing prime targets.
According to reports from Portuguese outlet O Jogo, Pedro Porro is willing to make the wait for Real Madrid. The Spanish protege has several clubs interested in him for January but prefers to stay at Sporting until June and hopes for Los Blancos to pick him up then.
This comes as music to the ears of the office at Santiago Bernabeu, as Porro is one of the most highly-rated fullback prospects in world football. For such an in-demand player to wait out six months of his career speaks volumes about Madrid’s stature.
Tottenham Hotspur are the club pushing the most to sign the defender in January. However, Sporting CP demand his release clause of €45 million, which the English side are unwilling to shell out.
Thus, the Galacticos’ biggest hurdle in his acquisition will be Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side have a buyback clause inserted into his deal at Sporting and can sign him back in January for a fee of merely €17 million. That figure will increase to €22.5 million in the summer.
The 23-year-old has taken Liga Portugal by storm this season with two goals and six assists in just 14 league appearances. Further, he produces 2.4 key passes and close to eight defensive actions per game.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.