Real Madrid appear to be growing increasingly fond of emerging Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola, reported interest that once again feeds into the belief that there is a new transfer policy at the Bernabeu - with Galacticos replaced by developing talents.

By 90Min
October 21, 2017

Real Madrid appear to be growing increasingly fond of emerging Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola, reported interest that once again feeds into the belief that there is a new transfer policy at the Bernabeu - with Galacticos replaced by developing talents.

Real have signed the likes of Marco Asensio, Jesus Vallejo and Dani Ceballos from other La Liga clubs in recent years, seemingly prioritising younger Spanish targets ahead of established international superstars.

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At the age of 21 and home-grown in San Sebastian, Odriozola fits that kind of profile.

According to Marca, the Real hierarchy are waiting for the final approval of coach Zinedine Zidane before beginning a formal approach for Odriozola.

Los Blancos allowed Brazilian full-back Danilo to join Manchester City in the summer, leading Zidane to promote Madrid-born Morocco international Achraf Hakimi to first-team duty as an alternative to usual starter Dani Carvajal.

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And it is Zidane's assessment of Achraf that looks as though it will determine whether Real seriously pursue Odriozola this summer or not.

Achraf is only 18 years of age and was given his Champions League debut this week, playing the full 90 minutes as Real drew 1-1 with Tottenham at the Bernabeu. He has also played 90 minutes in each of the club's La Liga games so far this month in place of the injured Carvajal.

If Achraf continues to impress, it may be that Zidane decides against Odriozola.

The Basque youngster, who was handed his senior international debut for Spain earlier this month, just under nine months after making his debut for Real Sociedad's first-team, is said to have a buyout clause of €40m.

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