Newcastle United transfer target ‘decides to leave’ current club after cup final win

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The attacking midfielder was reportedly watched by Magpies recruitment staff on several occasions last season.

Newcastle United transfer target Arda Guler is set to leave Fenerbahce to join one of European football’s biggest clubs.

The 18-year-old attacking midfielder has rapidly become one of the brightest prospects in Europe after shining over the last 12 months with Fenerbahce. The youngster scored six goals and provided seven assists in 35 appearances in all competitions as his side fell short in their Super Lig title bid.

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However, Guler did inspire Fenerbahce to silverware as he provided an assist for former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi to grab the first of two goals in a 2-0 Turkish Cup Final win against Basaksehir.

Guler’s domestic form was taken into the international game as he scored his first senior goal for Turkish in his fourth appearance with a stunning strike in a 2-0 win against Wales in a Euro 2024 qualifier last month. That goal came in front of a number of scouts from Europe’s biggest clubs as the likes of Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Manchester City were all credited with an interest in the youngster.

However, multiple sources have now claimed Real Madrid have triggered a £17.5million release clause in the youngster’s contract and agreed to include a 20% sell-on clause in the deal that will take Guler to the Spanish capital. Fenerbahce club president Ali Koc has now confirmed the youngster will leave the club, saying: “I can confirm that Arda will leave because he wants to leave. We found formulas where he can stay at Fenderbahce but he decided to leave.”

Newcastle remain keen to add an attacking midfielder to their squad this summer and have been linked with moves for the likes of Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes and Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco in recent days.

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