In Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez, Real Madrid have two solid options to deploy at the right-back position. Keeping a third player for the same position would not only be a waste of resources but also the player’s time as he would hardly see any involvement.
Carlo Ancelotti thus does not count on Alvaro Odriozola, opening the door for his exit. Real Madrid have been working on his departure for several weeks but have struggled to find the right offer.
According to reports from AS, Nottingham Forest have shown interest in signing the right-back this summer. Moreover, it is said that the player would welcome a move to England.
The newly-promoted Premier League side lost their opening game to Newcastle United but bounced back strong with a 1-0 win over West Ham. The addition of Odriozola would be a big boost to Steve Cooper’s side.
Odriozola spent the last season on loan in Italy with Fiorentina, making 25 appearances in the process. He averaged over four defensive actions per game and provided two goal contributions during his spell in Serie A.
The Italians were interested in making his signing permanent. But the player’s exorbitant wages were the roadblock to the potential deal.
In a World Cup year, playing time is of paramount importance. The right-back will see no game-time under Carlo Ancelotti, and it is in his best interest to look for a new club. It would not be surprising if he took a pay cut to facilitate the same.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.