Real Madrid have announced the signing of Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad. The Spanish right back, who was an unused substitute at the World Cup, will need to undergo a medical but has signed a six-year deal with the current Champions League holders.
In Real Sociedad's official statement they wanted to thank the player for the commitment and professionalism shown during his time at the club, from schoolboy level to the senior squad, and wish him well in the future.
The speedy full back arrives to compete with his teammate at international level, Dani Carvajal, who hasn't had much competition for a starting role in recent years. Julen Lopetegui, Madrid's new coach, knows Odriozola well and and has backed that up by bringing him to the club.
The two clubs have been negotiating for some time now. In the end, Real Sociedad accepted an offer which meant Real Madrid didn't need to deposit his buyout clause with the league. Instead Madrid will pay €30m up front and another €5m on performance related extras.