With just two signings, Real Madrid have shaken the world of football. Despite missing out on the signature of Kylian Mbappe, the club acquired the services of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni in recent weeks.
Needless to say, the addition of two players of such quality to a side that has just been crowned the champions of Europe is frightening. However, Florentino Perez must put equal emphasis on departures to raise funds.
Alvaro Odriozola is one of the players Los Blancos could look to cash in on this month. The 26-year-old spent the last season on loan at Fiorentina but will return to the Bernabeu in June.
According to reports from Tuttosport (h/t MadridXtra) Inter Milan are interested in the right-back’s signing. Real Madrid ask for around €20 million for their defender.
The Nerazzurri will reportedly only make a move for Odriozola if Denzel Dumfries leaves the club. As it stands, the Dutch international has offers on the table from several Premier League clubs and looks closer to leaving Italy than staying.
Real Madrid still have a long transfer window ahead and the funds from Odriozola’s transfer would come in handy. His contract with Real Madrid runs until 2024 and his release clause stands at €40 million.
Odriozola played 25 league games for Fiorentina last season, scoring one goal and providing one assist. However, he oversaw just three clean sheets and averaged just over four defensive actions per game.
Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez have covered well at right-back for the Madrid-based club this season, and while fans want the signing of another player in that position, Madrid are likely to attempt signing a left-back following Marcelo’s departure.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.