For a while, Arda Guler looked set to be bound for Barcelona, but as per latest reports from Fabrizio Romano, the 18-year-old wonderkid is now on his way to Real Madrid, handing the Blaugrana a bitter blow.
The Fenerbahce wonderkid had been the subject of a transfer tug-of-war between Real Madrid and Barcelona. And for quite some time it appeared as if Barça were in the pole position to sign him, with Deco having flown to Turkey to hold talks with his camp and his club.
An agreement in principle with the player was also understood to be secured. But Real Madrid started to make late efforts to try and snare him away from the hands of the Blaugrana and seem to have been successful in their endeavours.
As per the update from Romano, Los Blancos offered Fenerbahce €20 million for Guler, which is a little higher than his release clause amount of €17.5 million. In addition, they also inserted a 20% future sell-on clause in the agreement.
Now, they are confident of getting the deal done and dusted in a day or two at the most. Romano adds that there is already green light from the player’s side and they expect Fenerbahce to accept the terms being offered.
Guler has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom after a solid season last time out with Fenerbahce. The 18-year-old would have been a fine acquisition for Barcelona with an eye on the present and the future.
However, Real Madrid appear to have beaten the Blaugrana to the punch as far as Guler’s signing is concerned. With the deal considered all but done, Barça will shift their focus to other targets such as Oriol Romeu and Ivan Fresneda and hope to finalise those signings before pre-season.