Siqueira set to be first Real Madrid summer signing
Granada left-back Guilherme Siqueira, who has spent this season on loan at Portuguese giants Benfica, is reportedly set to become the first summer signing by Real Madrid, who were a matter of minutes from completing a deal for the Brazilian last summer.
According to Spanish footballing TV show ‘Tiki-Taka’, Real Madrid have already secured their first signing of the summer transfer window. They claim that a leaked WhatsApp message from Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira, has assured: “I’m going to Real Madrid.”
This isn’t the first time that Siqueira has been linked with Real Madrid. At the very end of last summer’s transfer window, the Brazilian was in the midst of a triangle of moves, involving Granada, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
When Manchester United made their last-minute approach for Coentrao, Real Madrid quickly got in contact with Granada, asking their club president Quique Pina and the player, to delay Siqueira’s loan move to Benfica. The player himself was waiting at the airport in Lisbon, holding off on completing his loan deal with Benfica, awaiting the final outcome of what was happening in the offices of the Bernabéu.
Eventually however, Manchester United failed with their move for Coentrao, preferring an initial loan move, rather than an outright purchase and thus, the bid was rejected by Real Madrid, who in turn were unable to complete their move for Siqueira, having provisionally agreed terms with Granada in preparation.
It seems that Real Madrid haven’t forgotten about the talented player, who has the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities on the European stage this season with Benfica, both in the Champions League and the Europa League. Siqueira also secured Spanish citizenship in December of last year.
No clubs have yet confirmed or rejected the move though. Benfica, who have a €8 million option to make their move for Siqueira permanent, already paid Granada €1 million for his loan with them this season. Unless they have decided against taking up that option, which would leave Granada open to accepting a formal offer from Real Madrid, for around the same amount.
Should this deal be confirmed, it would also suggest that Siqueira will arrive at the Bernabéu to compliment Marcelo, whilst leaving the future of Coentrao uncertain, possibly fanning speculation that Manchester United could return once more, for his signature.