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Juventus set sights on €5 million-rated Real Madrid outcast – report

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Real Madrid continue to pave the path for a transformative summer. Having already bid several fringe players farewell, more departures are not ruled out as Alvaro Odriozola is one of the players searching for an exit.

Odriozola’s desire to depart from Los Blancos particularly stems from an exceedingly low guarantee of minutes and minimal faith from coach Carlo Ancelotti.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Juventus have emerged as a possible destination for the Basque player as they have their sights set on a new right-back.

This season in Turin, Massimiliano Allegri primarily utilised a three-man defensive and frequently utilised veteran Juan Cuadrado as the right wing-back.

The Bianconeri are eager to find a new player to take over the starting position in the squad as the Colombian is seemingly nearing the end of his playing days.

With Juventus seeking a full-back on the market after deciding not to renew Cuadrado’s contract, the Italians perceive Odriozola as a viable option.

Odriozola, who has experience in Serie A after spending the 2021/22 season on loan at Fiorentina, would also not take much time acclimatizing to the league.

The report further states that Juventus initially inquired about Lucas Vazquez, but the versatile star is not thinking of leaving Real Madrid and thus the Italian giants have started to include the possibility of including Odriozola within their ranks.

While the Spaniard’s first choice club remains his former club Real Sociedad, the La Liga side are reportedly unwilling to pay a fee for him and would prefer to sign him on a free deal.

With one year remaining on the 27-year-old’s contract, Real Madrid aspire to, at the very least, acquire a fee for him, with his market value standing at €5 million.

There have also been surprise links to the likes of Chelsea and Athletic Club and it remains to be seen what the future holds for Odriozola.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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