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Juventus in talks to sign Alvaro Odriozola from Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Spanish defender Alvaro Odriozola celebrates at the end of the Spanish League football match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on May 16, 2021.

Juventus are in talks to sign right-back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Madrid, according to Foot Mercato.

The Bianconeri want to strengthen their full-back positions, and they are looking at the former Fiorentina loanee.

Juan Cuadrado currently plays on the right-hand side of the defence for Massimiliano Allegri, but the club needs fresher options. The Colombian is 34 years old.

Juventus reportedly want Odriozola on a six-month loan deal from January until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Odriozola spent last season on loan in Florence. He had a decent spell in Serie A, impressing with his speed and non-stop running.

The 26-year-old scored one goal and provided one assist. Odriozola created three big chances.

There were links with Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest, but nothing materialised.

Odriozola returned to Madrid this summer, and many people felt he would compete with Dani Carvajal or even dislodge the Spanish international.

However, things have not gone his way. Odriolozola has played zero minutes in all competitions this season.

Following the introduction of Jesus Vallejo against Celtic yesterday, Odriozola is the only Madrid player that has not featured this term.

When Carvajal is not starting ahead of him, Carlo Ancelotti has used Lucas Vasquez as the back-up right-back. Antonio Rudiger has even played at right back on four occasions.

Odriozola’s career has stalled since joining Los Blancos from Real Sociedad in 2018. He will be hoping for a way out.

A loan spell to Bayern Munich did not help, but Vincenzo Italiano gave him confidence in Florence. He will need to step away from Madrid again to find himself, and Juventus are interested in taking him.

The record Serie A champions have reportedly opened talks with his entourage about a move back to Italy.

It is unclear what Madrid will decide, especially with Odriozola’s contract expiring in 2024. They will want a fee for him this summer, but that prospect is limited if he remains firmly glued to the bench.

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