Real Madrid outcast Alvaro Odriozola is on the radars of fellow La Liga club Athletic Club, according to a report from El Correo de Bilbao.
A product of the Real Sociedad youth setup, Odriozola moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 but has never been able to nail down a regular spot in the starting XI.
After a couple of seasons warming the bench, the right-back had a loan stint at Bayern Munich and Fiorentina, before returning to Real Madrid last summer.
Upon coming back, the Spaniard had the option to leave the Merengues permanently, with Athletic Club showing an interest in him back then as well. But Odriozola chose to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The full-back has played only six times across all competitions this term and looks certain to leave in the summer, with Real Madrid looking to refresh their squad by getting rid of players not in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
Odriozola is attracting interest from his former club Real Sociedad, but now their Basque rivals Athletic Club are also understood to be keen on signing the 27-year-old.
The report states that Athletic Club president Jon Uriarte is keen on signing the Real Madrid ace, after trying and failing in an attempt last year.
Odriozola’s contract expires next year and could be available for a much lesser fee than the €35 million that Los Blancos had shelled out for him. As iterated earlier though, they could face competition from Real Sociedad, who are also on the lookout for new full-backs.
Real Madrid considered signing 25-year-old Bundesliga defender on loan after Alaba’s injury
David Alaba’s ACL rupture towards the end of 2023 sent a wave of sudden panic within the Real Madrid coaching staff and during the January transfer market, the team from the Spanish capital explored several opportunities.
In that context, a report from AS has affirmed that Real Madrid considered signing Union Berlin’s Diogo Leite on loan until the end of the season, but the move and the entire thought eventually died out.
Real Madrid liked what they saw
Leite was identified by Real Madrid as a player with significant potential, possessing excellent ball control, and having demonstrated his capabilities at the highest level.
However, rather than exploring a permanent transfer, the possibility of a loan until the end of the season was under consideration, taking into account the specific circumstances faced by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Notably, the 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes in both matches against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu (1-0) and at his home (3-2) in the Champions League group stages.
Summer move not being considered
Leite, a product of FC Porto youth academy, has gained valuable experience under Pepe’s guidance while at the Portuguese club which made him Union Berlin’s fourth most expensive signing in history.
As of today, though, Real Madrid’s summer transfer target list excludes central defenders, with the exception of Rafa Marin, who is on loan to Alaves.
Interestingly enough, Leite has garnered a strong reputation in the Bundesliga, and sources indicate that Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen is expressing interest in acquiring his services.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the likes of Eder Miliato and Alaba would return by the beginning of the next season and with Antonio Rudiger also available, the centre-back positions would be more or less covered.