Manchester United identify £18m replacement for Antonio Valencia: report

According to The Sun, Manchester United are considering a move for Real Sociedad defender Alvaro Odriozola. The 22-year-old has been a regular this campaign after being promoted from the youth side last season and could be on his way to Old Trafford as a replacement for Antonio Valencia.

Odriozola has made a total of 47 appearances in all competitions and would provide United with a blend of defensive qualities and attacking threat. The right-back was watched by scouts in last Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Red Bull Salzburg.

The youngster is described as a pacey defender who loves to get forward but can be suspect defensively at times. This season, Odriozola only averages a tackle or interception every 43 minutes, instead attempting a dribble every 29 minutes.

His success rate for the latter is just 38%, while making over 100 inaccurate crosses, meaning he needs to work on his decision-making and technique. The Spanish international has created 34 chances in the league, however, so he would provide some threat in the final third.

It’s hard to see United gambling on such a raw talent, but The Sun say Odriozola is highly-rated. He wouldn’t break the bank either, and might benefit from having Valencia to learn from at United before the latter hangs up his boots.

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