Real Madrid and Barcelona Rival Milan for Starlet Guler

Milan won’t need to negotiate the fee to onboard Arda Guler with Fenerbahce, as they can trigger his release clause, but that doesn’t mean that the deal will come easy. Real Madrid and Barcelona are pursuing the talent too.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Turkish team is trying to convince his father and agent to negotiate a new contract and stay for another year, so his valuation would skyrocket. He can leave for €17.5M this summer.

On top of the two La Liga giants, Milan face competition from Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, RB Salzburg, and RB Leipzig for Guler. Per Fanatik (via CalciomercatoLos Merengues would let him spend another campaign at Fenerbahce after the purchase. His camp demands hefty commissions. The suitors could be willing to spend more than the clause to structure the payment differently.

The 18-year-old isn’t completely sold on moving to Serie A and wouldn’t mind an easier next step before transferring to a big team, TuttoSport relays. Instead, the Rossoneri are particularly enticed because, on top of his potential, he’d address two positions of need, the no.10 and the right wing.

Our Take on Milan and Guler

Other than the weight of expectations, there’s not a ton of risk in signing an 18-year-old for that kind of money, which is cheap in today’s football. Most of their targets are extra-EU players, and they can sign just one for now, and one more once they’ll have sold one of their own. The impasse comes from that they want to make the right choice to fill the first slot.

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