Real Madrid have won the race for Turkish sensation Arda Guler by announcing his arrival from Fenerbahce, in a move which will leave Liverpool, Newcastle United and Barcelona disappointed.
Guler is an 18-year-old attacking midfielder who has been labelled ‘the Turkish Messi’ in his home country. Despite his tender age he made a big impact for Fenerbahce last season, registering six goals and seven assists in 35 games. One of those assists came in the Turkish cup final as Fenerbahce beat Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0.
Due to Guler’s hugely impressive displays, his future has been widely debated in the last few months. Newcastle were the first Premier League team linked with him, but Liverpool then joined the race.
Both sides were put on alert when transfer expert Fabrizio Romano revealed the playmaker could be signed for just €17.5million (£15m), due to an appearance-based release clause in his contract.
On June 26, TEAMtalk exclusively reported that Fenerbahce were hoping to organise a new contract with Guler to increase his release clause. The Super Lig club were hoping to keep him for an extra year before selling him on in summer 2024.
However, Fenerbahce were handed a major setback as Barcelona and Madrid joined Liverpool and Newcastle in the hunt for Guler. And he has chosen to sign for Madrid.
As per Romano, the four-cap Turkey international has agreed a six-year deal which is designed to keep him in the Spanish capital until June 2029.
Rather than pay Guler’s £15m release clause outright, Madrid have decided to hand Fenerbahce a slightly increased sum of €20m (£17m). This extra money has allowed them to convince Fenerbahce to pay Guler’s fee in instalments. The deal also includes an extra €10m (£8.5m) in performance-related bonuses.
Fenerbahce include sell-on clause in Arda Guler deal
If Madrid ever decide to sell Guler, then Fenerbahce will be due 20 per cent of the fee.
Liverpool, Newcastle and Barca will all be frustrated they have missed out on the exciting teenager. He has massive potential, as the comparisons with Messi suggest.
It will be interesting to see how Madrid develop him, and how he copes with a club of Madrid’s size. Guler could probably learn a lot from Martin Odegaard, who struggled at Real Madrid and while out on loan away from the club, before reinventing himself at Arsenal.