The transfer of Arda Güler (18, Fenerbahce), a prodigy of Turkish soccer, to Naples is imminent.
Italian media Arena Napoli reported on the 19th (Korean time) that “Napoli’s signing of Güler could be signed within a week” and that “Both sides are working on a transfer, and only a few details remain to be decided.”
Güler is seen as the future of Fenerbahçe. Last season, even at the young age of 17, he stood out on the professional stage. I also hit the pitch with Kim Min-jae, who played for Fenerbahce. This season, he scored 4 goals and 3 assists in 18 matches in the Turkiye Super League. Considering that he played 9 matches as a substitute, this is a remarkable achievement.
He has received attention since he was young and has excellent dribbling and passing skills. At Fenerbahce, they wear ’10’, which symbolizes an ace, on the pitch. Recognized for his talent, Güller also made his Turkish adult national team debut in November last year.
According to the media, Napoli were impressed by Güler’s excellent technique. He decided that the investment was worth it, and he quickly jumped into the recruiting front.
Arena Napoli said, “Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is known to have offered 50 million euros (71.6 billion won) to bring Guiller.”
This is a very high amount for a promising player. When Kim Min-jae left Fenerbahce last year and wore the Napoli uniform, the transfer fee incurred was 18.05 million euros (25.8 billion won). This means that Napoli will spend an amount three times higher than Kim Min-jae’s transfer fee to have Güler.
However, it is unclear whether this information is correct. The Football Report, which delivers news of the transfer market, explained on the same day, “There are several reasons for Guiller going to Naples,” and “Guiller’s transfer fee will not exceed 20 million euros (28.6 billion won).”
According to Transfermarkt, a site specializing in soccer transfers, Guiller’s market value is estimated at 11 million euros (15.7 billion won). It is true that 20 million euros seems appropriate, considering that the ransom price jumps during actual transfers.
If Gueller joins Napoli, attention is paid to whether he will reunite with Kim Min-jae. Kim Min-jae is driving transfer rumors after just one season at Napoli. Thanks to his outstanding performance, big clubs such as Manchester United, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain are watching him.