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Real Madrid full-back on Athletic Club radar for the summer



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Alvaro Odriozola has had a topsy-turvy career since joining Real Madrid from Real Sociedad back in 2018. The Spaniard was brought in as an understudy and a long-term replacement for Dani Carvajal but never really got going at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The right-back had a loan stint at Bayern Munich during the second half of the 2019/20 season, where he failed to make an impact. Back at Real Madrid last season, he was hardly utilised by Zinedine Zidane.

Carlo Ancelotti deemed him surplus to requirements too, banking on Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as his options, allowing Odriozola to leave for Fiorentina on loan. The 26-year-old has impressed heavily in Italy, though, staking a claim for a chance back at Madrid next season.

While Fiorentina wish to sign him permanently at the end of the season, a return to Spain looks a more likely prospect at the end of the season for Odriozola, with Defensa Central reporting that Athletic Club are keen on signing him in the summer.

The Basque outfit are set for their presidential elections imminently and the candidates in the running have identified Odriozola as a potential transfer target for the upcoming transfer window, despite his past association with local rivals Real Sociedad.

The 26-year-old could find a place at Real Madrid next term given how inconsistent Carvajal and Vazquez have been over the course of the season. At the same time, though, Los Blancos would not be averse to cashing in on him, should a reasonable offer come along.

As per the report, the current La Liga leaders would look for a figure of around €20-25 million for the right-back from prospective suitors.

Whether Athletic Club are willing to shell out that money for Odriozola would likely depend on how their elections go and the preferences of the next-elected club president.

Odriozola has played 22 times in Serie A for Fiorentina this term, scoring and assisting one goal apiece. His contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2024. It remains to be seen what the future holds for the Spaniard once he returns from his loan stint.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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