With not much time left for the summer transfer window to end, Real Madrid are still working on a few player exits.
The reigning champions of Spain and Europe released the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale and Marcelo this summer while also getting rid of Borja Mayoral, Luka Jovic, Miguel Gutierrez and Takefusa Kubo, among several others.
The most high-profile departure came this past weekend as Casemiro was allowed to leave for Manchester United in a deal worth €85 million, including add-ons. However, that might not be the end of the exits at the Bernabeu.
Mariano Diaz is likely to be on his way out, with the striker now ready to leave Real Madrid.
And, according to journalist Alberto Pereiro, forgotten defender Alvaro Odriozola will also be sold, with Real Madrid still working on finding a club for the Spaniard.
Signed from Real Sociedad in 2018, the 26-year-old never really settled down at the Spanish capital club and found himself struggling for game-time. A loan move to Bayern Munich in 2020 did little to spark a turnaround of fortunes for him.
Odriozola did see moderate success last season when he was loaned out to Fiorentina. However, a permanent move to the Serie A club does not appear to be on the radar.
At Real Madrid, the right-back finds himself behind Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and even Vinicius Tobias in the pecking order. So, an exit seems the best possible solution for him and the club at the moment.
The report from Alberto Pereiro claims that the Premier League could be a serious option for Odriozola this summer. There had been links with newly-promoted club Nottingham Forest, but those rumours have gone quiet.
Inter Milan in Serie A were another club to have been linked with the ex-Real Sociedad ace and could rekindle their interest if they lose Denzel Dumfries.
As things stand, a summer departure looks the likeliest move for Odriozola. But his next destination remains unclear at this point.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.