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Inter Milan considering the signing of 26-year-old Real Madrid defender
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.
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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report
Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.
His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.
Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.
His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.
Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.
The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:
“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.”
While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.
His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.
Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.
Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.