Despite fans pushing for Pedro Porro or another marquee right back signing, Real Madrid are highly unlikely to sign a player at the position this summer. Alvaro Odriozola’s return to the Santiago Bernabeu from Fiorentina is not confirmed yet, but it seems to be a formality. Odriozola returning to his old position of joining Lucas Vazquez as Dani Carvajal’s backup appears to be the cost-effective route here from Florentino Perez and Co.
Though Odriozola struggled in Madrid, it appears Real trust Carvajal and Vazquez enough. Both were great in the important games at the end of the season, with Carvajal fully redeeming himself after struggles against Kylian Mbappe and Ferran Torres by shutting down Luis Diaz in the Champions League Final.
Real Madrid have eyes on Reece James as a long-term target, though signing a player of his status and importance to Chelsea will be extremely difficult. Right back is not an easy position to find quality at, and Madridistas know how fortunate they are with Carvajal.
But that might be the logic from Real. If they cannot find a sure-fire, available option in the summer market, why overpay for someone who isn’t truly great? This may sound brutal, but that was the exact issue with signing Odriozola. He isn’t terrible, but he was not the whopping 40 million euros they spent on him. That was the issue. Real would prefer not to make such a mistake again, and so they will likely head into 2022/23 with a sub-optimal situation behind Carvajal at right back.
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After all, they did technically sign someone at right back. He just has to be in Castilla because of the EU passport rule. Nevertheless, Vinicius Tobias is one for the future, and if his development goes as planned, maybe Los Merengues don’t need to try and take James away from Chelsea.