Latest on Real Madrid transfer news: Madrid has beat Barcelona to sign Turkish sensation Arda Guler
Real Madrid has finalized the signing of talented midfielder Arda Guler from Fenerbahce. The 18-year-old Turkish international has chosen Madrid as his new club, despite strong interest from Barcelona. Guler’s transfer was made official on Thursday as he signed a six-year contract with the Spanish giants.
The young midfielder impressed last season for Fenerbahce, displaying technical excellence reminiscent of Mesut Ozil. He garnered attention for his goal involvements, ranking among the top players in his age group across the Super Lig and Europe’s top five leagues. In the 2022-23 campaign, Guler recorded six goals and seven assists in 35 appearances for Fenerbahce, helping them secure a second-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig. Guler was even longlisted for Tuttosport’s prestigious Golden Boy award last month.
Madrid’s recent transfer strategy has focused on young talents with great potential, and Guler perfectly fits that profile. The club is reported to have paid an initial fee of €20 million, with potential add-ons that could reach a maximum of €10 million, ensuring a smooth transition for the young midfielder from Turkey. Fenerbahce will also retain a 20 percent sell-on clause.
Despite his young age, Guler has already made four appearances for the Turkish national team, scoring one goal in a total of 145 minutes on the field. His versatility allows him to play as a false winger and he prefers operating in a central role, even when starting from the wing. His playing style has drawn comparisons to that of Ozil, the former German international who had successful stints at Fenerbahce and Real Madrid.
As Real Madrid continues its summer transfer activity, the addition of Arda Guler adds another promising talent to their ranks. With his technical prowess and potential for growth, Guler has the opportunity to develop under the guidance of the club and make a significant impact in the seasons to come.