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Real Madrid: Odriozola close to joining Bayern Munich

Right-back Álvaro Odriozola, who has been a fringe figure at Real Madrid this season, is also interesting Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid: Odriozola close to joining Bayern Munich

Álvaro Odriozola is close to leaving Real Madrid. The full-back did not train with Los Blancos on Tuesday morning and could depart for the Bundesliga, although there is also LaLiga interest in the player.

Bayern eyeing loan move for Odriozola

Several reports in Germany say Bayern Munich are keen to do a loan deal with Madrid, just as they did in 2017 for James Rodríguez, who spent two years at the Allianz Arena before returning to the Bernabéu last summer.

Zidane confirms Odriozola in line for Real Madrid exit

Speaking to reporters ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash with Unionistas Salamanca, Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed: "Odriozola has the opportunity to leave, but nothing's official yet."

Bayern in need of defensive reinforcements

Bayern's intention is to give head coach Hansi Flick more options at right-back, with the Bavarian club prioritising defensive reinforcements in the wake of a spate of injuries in the area in the first half of the season.

Odriozola's arrival would not only add depth at full-back, but also give Bayern more room for manoeuvre in central defence. With Niklas Süle, Lucas Hernández and Javi Martínez all out injured, Flick would have greater freedom to use Benjamin Pavard, Bayern's regular right-back this season, in the middle.

Athletic keeping tabs on Odriozola

In Spain, Athletic Bilbao are eyeing the former Real Sociedad player, who has featured for just 434 minutes for Madrid this season. As things stand, however, there appears to be only an outside chance of the 24-year-old making a move to San Mamés.