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.
Real Madrid closely following the progress of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back
Real Madrid have made it a habit to identify and sign the best young talents from Brazil in recent times. The Merengues recently signed Endrick Felipe from Palmeiras, although the striker will join the club in 2024, once he turns 18 years old.
Now, according to journalist Bruno Andrade on UOL Esporte, Real Madrid have set their sights on 19-year-old Brazilian defender Robert Renan.
The teenage centre-half came through the ranks at Corinthians and went on to make 13 senior appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He left the club last month to sign for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg as part of the operation involving Yuri Alberto.
Renan is yet to make his debut for Zenit, but Real Madrid have had their eyes on the 19-year-old for a while now and have been closely following his progress and performances.
The teenage defender is currently a part of the Brazil U-20 team at the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia. And he has performed admirably in the tournament, featuring in each of his team’s five matches so far.
Renan’s performances in the U-20 Championship are said to have further piqued the interest of Real Madrid.
The report suggests that Los Blancos will continue keeping tabs on the young defender’s development at Zenit over the coming months.
With Nacho Fernandez’s contract expiring at the end of the season and Jesus Vallejo’s future uncertain as well, Real Madrid could use a defensive reinforcement in the summer to support Eder Militao, David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger.
Established players such as Josko Gvardiol have been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.
Renan, too, could be an option for Real Madrid in the summer. But, as things stand, the interest in the Brazilian is at a very nascent stage and the Merengues will continue to track his progress at Zenit, where his contract runs until 2028.