Both Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo Goes could have ended up at Barcelona but for Real Madrid to come in and sign them at the last minute when there was already an agreement in place with Barça.
The same is about to happen with Fenerbahçe player Arda Güler. The 18-year-old Turkish talent looks set to move to the Bernabéu in a deal that would see Los Blancos beat a whole host of clubs to his signature, including Sevilla and Milan.
How do Real manage to make these late signings with so much interest in players? The Spanish giants pay more to clubs for young talents and have the ability to keep their agents happy at the same time.
Güler is a left-footed player with dribbling ability, speed, and a great shot. Barça have been following him for a long time, and Deco thought he had convinced the player to move to the Blaugrana, but Madrid have come in with a better offer and are now set to clinch the signing ahead of their great rivals.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN