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Liverpool 'walked away' from Arda Guler transfer after talks with father of 'Turkish Messi'

Arda Guler celebrates with his teammates after scoring for Turkey against Georgia at Euro 2024
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Arda Guler certainly announced himself at Euro 2024 with Turkey. The Real Madrid star set Turkey’s clash with Georgia alight with an unbelievable strike in Germany.

With the score level at 1-1, Guler stepped up with an absolute stunner from his left foot, arrowing the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to put his country ahead.

Liverpool fans will already be familiar with the 19-year-old. Just 12 months ago, he was being linked with a move to Anfield after catching the eye at Fenerbahce.

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The speculation even went as far as suggesting that the Reds had been in contact with Guler’s father (via Give Me Sport) as they looked to win the race for his signature. There was certainly plenty of interest around Europe, with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Napoli, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal also linked.

In the end, though, Liverpool elected to walk away from the race, according to ESPN, with the fees involved thought to be too rich for the Reds. In the end, it was Real Madrid that secured his signature.

His early days at the Bernabeu were wrecked by injury, with Guler not making his La Liga debut until January. He would make 12 appearances in total during the 2023/24 campaign, including five goals in his final five league outings of the campaign.

The teenager dubbed the ‘Turkish Messi’ though has now really announced himself on the European stage following his sensational strike at the Euros. It’s debatable just how interested Liverpool were in Guler last year, although they might be slightly regretting turning down the opportunity after seeing just what he can produce.

Liverpool.com says: What a strike it was from Guler. You can absolutely see why Real Madrid snapped him up now, and why he’s earned his nickname. It was probably never likely Liverpool would have signed him, but the Reds might be looking on a little enviously now.