Nottingham Forest are keen to sign Real Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola, according to AS, via Sport Witness. Furthermore, it would appear that the right-sided wing-back is open to a move to play in England.
During 2021/22 he enjoyed a loan spell in Serie A with Fiorentina. In Florence, he made 27 appearances, scoring once and claiming one assist.
Now, he’s back at the Bernabeu but under Carlo Ancelotti, his situation is unlikely to become any rosier in terms of game time.
The player was on the bench for the opening La Liga game of the season against Almeria but wasn’t in the squad for the UEFA Super Cup.
Odriozola has played four times for Spain and signed for Real Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2018, before joining Bayern Munich on loan.
During his time at the Allianz Arena, he was really called upon. He made just five appearances before being sent back to Real Madrid without a purchase option being activated.
In total, Ordriozola has played 43 times for Los Blancos. He’s scored three goals and claimed 10 assists but has never held down a regular place in the team.
Ancelotti will be looking to offload some players this summer. As a result, it would appear that Odriozola is now surplus to requirements.
Forest keen to sign Odriozola but he’d only be backup at Forest
The big stumbling block to this deal could be the player’s substantial wages. He earns £105,000-a-week at the Bernabeu and he will want a decent package at Forest.
Alongside that, he’s likely to be considered a backup option. Neco Williams has started the season brilliantly and looks a steal at £17 million.
There is also an argument that Forest perhaps don’t need another right-sided wing-back option. Giulian Biancone has been added from Troyes and he is capable of playing there.
Of course, Odriozola can play. You don’t turn out for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich if you haven’t got some quality in the tank.
At 26, he will want to be playing regularly though and given how well Williams has started, it’s unlikely Steve Cooper will be looking for a first-choice right-wing-back.
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