Real Madrid have finalised a move for Real Sociedad and Spain right-back Alvaro Odriozola, the club have confirmed on their official website.
MARCA claim that the deal will cost Los Blancos 40 million euros, with the youngster having put pen to paper on a six year contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Odriozola was included by now Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui for Spain’s World Cup squad but did not make an appearance in Russia, with Fernando Hierro preferring Madrid based duo Dani Carvajal and Nacho.
The signing is bad news for teenager Achraf Hakimi, who is now likely to depart either on loan or permanently. Despite a breakthrough campaign under Zinedine Zidane last season, he now finds himself fourth in the pecking order in his preferred position.
Odriozola has been a target for the club for some time as, despite disappointment on the field in 2017/18 with previous signings not living up to expectations, Florentino Pérez and those in charge are keen to maintain a policy of signing young Spanish talent to develop in the capital.
Odriozola is the club’s first major signing of the summer in what could be a turbulent window as speculation continues to circulate surrounding a potential exit for talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema face uncertainty for their own futures too.