Official: Real Madrid confirm addition of ‘Turkish Messi’ after hijacking Barcelona move

Los Blancos have pulled off an 11th hour move at the expense of their arch-rivals

Real Madrid have confirmed the shock addition of Turkish sensation Arda Guler from Fenerbahce after hijacking a deal from rivals Barcelona for the teenager.

The 18-year-old, who had been admired across Europe and was believed to have a release clause of £16m in his contract, was thought to be on the verge of joining Barcelona after the Catalan giants tabled a bid for him.

However, Los Blancos stepped in, and agreed a deal worth 20m euros plus a further 10m euros in performance-based add-ons, as well as a 20% sell-on clause should they choose to move him on.

Now, they have announced that a deal has been confirmed, with Guler signing a six-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, joining this summer despite Florentino Perez’s previous claims that no further business would be taking place in the Spanish capital following the arrival of Joselu.

Known as the Turkish Messi for his dribbling ability and tight control, Guler shot to prominence across the last 12 months with Fenerbahce, and managed 9 goals and 12 assists in 51 outings for Los Blancos.

He will form part of a new look Real Madrid side, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have seen Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio both depart on free transfers this summer but who will welcome back Brahim Diaz from a loan spell with AC Milan.

He could well be loaned out before seeing any senior action for Real Madrid though, with a decision to be taken in pre-season as to whether or not he will be able to have a meaningful role in Real Madrid’s bid to wrestle back the La Liga crown from Barcelona and lift a fifteenth Champions League trophy in 2023-24.

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