- Barca's Deco visited Istanbul this week
- Madrid set to join race
- Player has modest release clause
WHAT HAPPENED? The Blaugrana seemingly moved into a strong position to secure the Fenerbahce prospect after sporting director Deco travelled to Istanbul on Thursday. Negotiations between the two clubs and the player's representatives went well, with a deal that would see the player arrive in Barcelona in 2024 agreed in principle. But Mundo Deportivo reported on Saturday that rivals Real Madrid are planning a trip of their own, with club legends Emilio Butragueno and Roberto Carlos due to visit.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Guler is one of football's hottest properties following a breakout season at Fenerbahce. While under contract until a 2025, a reported release clause of €17.5 million (£15m/$19m) has seen a host of Europe's top clubs vying for his signature.
AND WHAT'S MORE: Madrid's greater financial freedom may ultimately win the day. While Laporta has managed to pull a range of financial levers in his latest term as president, the club still remain in huge debt.
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WHAT NEXT FOR ARDA GULER? It's already been a good summer for the player, who helped his country to two key Euro 2024 qualifying wins. There may be more good news to come in the following weeks.