Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho weighs up summer swoop for Real Sociedad full-back Alvaro OdriozolaJanuary 31, 2022
MANCHESTER UNITED are weighing up a summer swoop for Real Sociedad full-back Alvaro Odriozola, according to reports.
Jose Mourinho would need to splash at least £18million to land the 22-year-old as the Old Trafford chief looks to finally bolster his wide defensive ranks.
So far this season, converted wingers Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young have been used in defensive positions.
But both players are approaching the final years of their career and lack the natural defensive ability required to challenge rampant rivals Manchester City.
But Mourinho sent scouts to watch Real Sociedad's 2-1 loss away to Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League last Thursday, as the club's interest in Odriozola intensifies.
The result saw the La Liga side crash out of Europe in the last-3
2 stage, but Odriozola had earlier appeared to have given Sociedad the advantage.
The defender scored the Spaniards' first goal in the 2-2 draw at home to the Austrians – as ex-Man United winger Adnan Januzaj scored the second late on.
Odriozola is seen as a top talent in Spain, demonstrating great pace and skill going forward.
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