The team from Spain goes to Italy in search of more minutes and also to pave the way for a superstar
Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Odriozola looks set to make a loan move to Fiorentina, while Los Blancos are rocking their squad in anticipation of Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe looks like Ligue 1 for La Liga, despite the outfit of Parc des Princes return an offer of € 160 million (£ 137 million / $ 188 million) from their European opponents.
Now Madrid are moving to make more room in their squad and in their wallet for the French international, while Spanish international Odriozola is now in the frame to pave the way.
Where is Odriozola headed?
The 25-year-old, a member of La Roja’s 2018 World Cup, only joined Madrid later that summer after impressing at Real Sociedad, only to find the chance in the capital limited.
He has played just 31 games in La Liga for Los Blancos over the past three seasons, with three more for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga during an unsuccessful loan spell.
A move to Fiorentina, who aggressively chased him ahead of Serie A rivals Inter and AC Milan, now looks very likely, with Odriozola discussing the issue with coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Why should Odriozola go on?
Amid a transfer window that exposed their financial struggles – although not to the extent of its rivals Barcelona – Madrid made few moves in the market, with David Alaba their only new arrival.
But now they have bitten the spot and prayed for Mbappe, and Los Blancos may consider the World Cup winner as the throne successor of the best player in world football.
Although groups were limited to 25 players – and several, such as Gareth Bale, who were difficult to keep up with – they had to free up space for any recording, and Odriozola now dared the man to make room.
The bigger picture
With an agreement at Parc des Princes stretching until 2022 – and an apparent refusal to expand, coupled with an alleged desire to move to Madrid – PSG can finally earn Mbappe.
Only weeks after one of the most terrifying tries in football came together after the arrival of Lionel Messi as a free agent, will the Ligue 1 team be ready to likely lose their flagship.
Mbappe’s retirement – despite the temptation to play with one of his idols – could also release a final shuffle from PSG’s own team during the final days of the transfer window.