Man Utd watched the Real Sociedad full-back Alvaro Odriozola in the Europa League this season. He scored the winner against the Reds in 2013 in the Uefa Youth League and left them with a struggle to get out of their group.
Jose Mourinho is never backwards in coming forwards and the Portuguese will expect United vice-chairman Ed Woodward to deliver his targets this summer. The San Sebastian-born full-back has spent his entire career with hometown club Real Sociedad, working his way through the Basque outfit’s academy and second string. So when Carlos Martinez and Joseba Zaldua were ruled out of a trip to Malaga in January 2017, coach Eusebio Sacristan put his faith in the young full-back.
Odriozola finished the 2016/17 campaign with 16 first-team appearances and 18 for the second string. Crucially, though, none of those came after making his debut in La Liga. Although he has a £40m release clause written into his contract, Real Sociedad are expected to demand significantly less for Odriozola with reports suggesting a price of around £18m could be enough to get a deal done.
Earlier in the season, Odriozola was subject of Real Madrid and Barcelona transfer rumours. But the young full-back was frustrated by suggestions he favoured a move to the Bernabeu.