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Real Madrid duo on the radars of Juventus, contacts established between clubs

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Real Madrid right-back duo Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Odriozola have emerged as possible targets for Italian giants Juventus, as per reports from Gazzetta dello Sport (via AS). The Bianconeri have made contact with Los Blancos to explore the transfer of one of the two players.

Vazquez has morphed himself into a right-back in recent seasons and has done a solid job of providing cover to Dani Carvajal.

However, with the Merengues likely to sign a new player for the position and the Spaniard’s contract expiring next year, the possibility of an exit has come up, with Juventus showing interest.

As for Odriozola, the former Real Sociedad right-back struggled to get meaningful minutes this past season after enjoying a decent campaign on loan at Juventus during 2021/22.

Like Vazquez, Odriozola’s contract with Real Madrid also stands to expire next year. And the Spanish capital giants are looking to offload him in the upcoming summer transfer window, with Juventus taking note of the situation, having seen him closely during his time at Fiorentina.

Contacts have been established between the two clubs to discuss a potential transfer for either Vazquez or Odriozola.

However, apart from the two Real Madrid stars, the Old Lady are also looking at Ivan Fresneda of Real Valladolid as well as Leicester City’s Timothy Castagne as options to reinforce the right-back position.

So, it remains to be seen if the Italian heavyweights decide to go after one of Odriozola or Vazquez, or pursue the other names on their shortlist this summer.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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