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Real Madrid outcast could be headed for AS Roma loan move – report

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According to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Real Madrid misfit Alvaro Odriozola could be headed to Italian outfit AS Roma on a loan deal in the January transfer window.

The Spanish right-back spent the last season on loan at Fiorentina and was expected to depart permanently in the summer after returning to the Spanish capital club.

However, no exit materialised and Odriozola ended up staying put at Real Madrid. However, the 26-year-old has been out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti and has not played a single minute of competitive football in 2022/23.

With Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, and Antonio Rudiger utilised ahead of him in the right-back position, there is simply no place for Odriozola in the Real Madrid setup.

So, an exit in the January window has been mooted for a while now. AS Roma have shown an interest in the former Real Sociedad ace with Jose Mourinho on the lookout for a new right-back heading into the January transfer window.

And as per the aforementioned report, Odriozola could be closing in on a switch to the Italian capital club. The outlet bases this claim on a meeting between the Giallorossi and Giuseppe Bozzo, owner of AGB Sport Management, who had helped push the defender’s loan to Fiorentina last year.

It is further suggested that Odriozola could sign for Roma on loan until the end of the season, with Mourinho’s team likely to retain a purchase option for the Spanish full-back.

Real Madrid, for their part, are unlikely to pose any hurdles in the move. So, there might be a good chance that the transfer goes through in the winter.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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