Athletic Club interested in Alvaro Odriozola

Athletic Club could sign Alvaro Odriozola this summer, with Los Blancos claiming around 20 million euros for him.

According to a report from a Spanish outlet central defense, Alvaro Odriozola could stay in La Liga when he returns from Fiorentina during the summer transfer window. The Real Madrid defender is attracting interest from fellow La Liga side Athletic Bilbao over a potential move ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Alvaro Odriozola joined Real Madrid from Real Sociedad in July 2018 after showing plenty of promise during his time with The Real. But the move to Real Madrid didn’t go as planned for the 26-year-old, who never seemed to usurp Dani Carvajal as a first-choice right-back.

After joining Fiorentina last summer, the Spanish defender is currently on his second loan spell away from Real Madrid. And Odriozola has enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign, having played 24 times for the Serie A side while directly contributing to two goals. But the player is unlikely to join The Viola definitely in the summer transfer window, even if Vincenzo Italiano wants him for the 2022/23 season.

Odriozola might not have a place at Real Madrid either, with Los Blancos in the market for a right-back ahead of the summer transfer window. Reece James has reportedly become a priority target for Real Madrid. Odriozola might therefore need to look for a new club ahead of the 2022/23 season, with Athletic Club as a potential destination.

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Marcelino currently has four right-backs at his disposal but some crucial first-team changes are to be expected. With Oscar de Marcos in his 30s and Inigo Lekue recovering from a lengthy hamstring injury, chasing Odriozola makes sense for Athletic Club.

The 26-year-old also fits in Los Leones’ Basque-only politics which means a move across La Liga could be on the horizon for him. And Real Madrid might not demand a premium to part ways with Odriozola either, with Los Blancos inflicting a price tag of around 20 million euros.

It will be interesting to see if Odriozola can turn things around on his own at Real Madrid. As things stand, however, the Spanish defender has no future with the future La Liga champions, with a move to Athletic Club highly possible.

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