Man Utd miss out as defensive target signs for Real Madrid

Date published: Thursday 5th July 2018 7:49 - Samuel Bannister

Manchester United have missed out on the signing of Spain right-back Alvaro Odriozola, after Real Madrid confirmed a deal for the 22-year-old.

Man United are believed to have been tracking the Real Sociedad player for a long time, but Real Madrid have beaten them to the Spaniard.

Jose Mourinho’s side are in need of new full-backs, as Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young approach the autumn years of their careers. Diogo Dalot has already been brought in from Porto, but the Portuguese coach was keen on Odriozola as another addition.

Odriozola has signed a six-year contract with the Spanish giants, who won a third consecutive Champions League this summer. They have paid £35m for his services.

Odriozola was named in Spain’s squad for the World Cup, but was an unused subsitute in each of their four matches before their surprise elimination to Russia.

Meanwhile, United are planning to give England star Jesse Lingard an improved contract after the World Cup. According to The Sun, they will double his current wages in a new deal. He will earn £150,000-per-week as a result.

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