Real Madrid and Real Sociedad confirmed this evening that Álvaro Odriozola will join Julen Lopetegui's side for an undisclosed fee, pending completion of a medical revision. Madrid, who announced the transfer shortly after 18:30 hours on Thursday, have offered the right-back a six-year deal in an operation which is believed to have been finalized for a fee of around 40 million euros. Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay and Real Madrid's director general, José Ángel Sánchez have spent the last few weeks negotiating the terms of the transfer for the Spanish international.
Real Madrid's statement read:
Real Madrid C. F. and Real Sociedad have agreed the transfer of Álvaro Odriozola, subject to a medical. The player has signed a contract with the club for the next six seasons.
Odriozola, a player Lopetegui knows well
With Zidane's sudden departure from Real Madrid and Odriozola's participation with "La Roja" in Russia, new Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui, who has close ties to the Basque club, was quick to approve the deal after the former Spanish coach himself awarded the 22-year-old his full international debut with Spain and selected him as part of the "La Roka" squad based in Krasnodar during the tournament.
Real Sociedad have been aware that a departure from the Basque outfit was on the cards and this was echoed by new coach Asier Garitano speaking to Diario AS this week. “He's a top class player who was at the World Cup. I'd like to have him here next season but am realistic enough to know that top players can move to other clubs".