Real Madrid are open to permanently selling off Arsenal target this month itself, and could invite negotiations in the upcoming days.
Real Madrid, like several clubs from across the world, have faced the adverse effects of the pandemic in terms of revenue. One of the world’s most followed clubs has had to cope without fans in stadiums for over six months now and that has led to a major loss. To overcome this, they are looking to get rid of players no longer needed in the squad.
While Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he is happy with his squad and intends to keep most of his players going forward at least until the season ends, one player who is an exception to this is Alvaro Odriozola. The ex-Real Sociedad right-back has made just one appearance in all competitions this season and will be allowed to leave this month, Diario GOL reports.
Odriozola spent the latter part of last season on loan with Bayern Munich, but he has shown barely any signs of an improvement. Despite Dani Carvajal facing an injury and a suspension, Zidane has opted in favour of Lucas Vazquez at right-back, leaving Odriozola to be a mere spectator off the bench for large parts of the ongoing campaign.
Los Blancos are doing incredibly well even without Odriozola and one cannot really question Zidane’s decision in this regard. Arsenal are the only part interested in signing the full-back and are open to bringing him in this month. The Gunners only have Hector Bellerin in the right-back role, but he too faces an uncertain future at the club with Barcelona keen on him.
Athletic Bilbao have also shown interest in him, but they are only looking for a short-term loan- an option which Real Madrid are lesser likely to pursue. Marcelino Garcia has personally asked for the Basque defender’s signing, but Los Leones will be unable to afford a permanent move for him and have made that clear to the Whites.
Madrid are expected to offer the player to Arsenal at a discounted rate because he simply does not have a future at the club and for all parties concerned, an immediate course of action would be the best solution. On a lighter note, Luka Jovic is also expected to join Eintracht Frankfurt on loan, meaning Odriozola will not be the only departure this month.