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Forgotten Real Madrid star’s move to former club collapses due to financial reasons



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Real Madrid may come out of the 2022 summer transfer window as a stronger and well-balanced side, but the window has not been successful on all fronts.

Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Casemiro, Luka Jovic, Isco and Borja Mayoral are few of the players Los Blancos parted ways with this summer. Yet, the fact remains that the club could not part ways with some of the deadwood in the squad.

Jesus Vallejo, Dani Ceballos and Mariano are players whose departure never seemed to be a possibility despite their minimal contribution to the team. Further, there is the case of Alvaro Odriozola who looked set to leave but is now closer to staying.

According to reports from AS, the out-of-favour right-back will not return to his former club Real Sociedad, even though talks were held between them and Real Madrid over a possible transfer.

Though the player wanted to return, the high price of the deal pushed the Basque side away from negotiations.

La Real have plenty of cash to spend after Alexander Isak’s €70 million move to the Premier League. However, there is the added aspect of Odriozola’s wages which are high for them to cover.

The player is surplus to requirement at Real Madrid, given that the club already have Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez covering the right-back position. It is understood that he will have hardly any game-time under his belt if he stays at the club.

Last season, Odriozola played for Serie A side Fiorentina on loan. In his season-long spell in Italy, he scored one goal and provided one assist. Defensively, he was sub-par and averaged just under four actions per game.

Villarreal have been linked with Odriozola in recent hours, and it remains to be seen if any deadline day drama awaits the Spanish international’s future.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report



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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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