Ancelotti contacts Richarlison about possible Real Madrid move
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly made contact with one of his former players Richarlison, whom he coached at Everton over the past two seasons.
A new name has emerged as a potential new signing for Real Madrid this summer: Everton’s 24-year-old striker Richarlison.
While much of Real Madrid transfer news has focused on Kylian Mbappé, new Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has made contact with the Brazilian forward to sound out his interest in joining the LaLiga club, according to Goal.
The Italian coach is reportedly eager to work with the Everton striker again, whom he coached during his time with the Toffees over the past two seasons.
Ancelotti-Richarlison Real Madrid talks informal at this stage
With Richarlison currently on international duty with Brazil at the Copa América, Goal reports that Ancelotti’s initial contact with the Brazilian forward was nothing more than an informal conversation, but those talks could evolve into a formal offer over the coming weeks.
The 24-year-old Premier League player is not a typical center forward and performs better with a real nine alongside him, a role that Dominic Calvert-Lewin plays as his strike partner at Everton. In fact, Calvert-Lewin, another of his former players whom Ancelotti admires, has also been linked with Madrid following the Italian coach’s return to the Spanish capital, as reported by the Mirror a few weeks ago.
Richarlison a key figure for Ancelotti at Everton
Since moving to Everton from Watford in 2018, Richarlison has gone from strength to strength, during which time his market value on transfermarkt.com has increased from €25 million to €55 million. In his 119 games for the Toffees, he has scored 42 goals and provided 9 assists.
Along with Calvert-Lewin and former Madridista James Rodriguez, Richarlison formed part of an attacking trident that helped to make Everton one of the revelations in the early stages of last season. However the club lost its initial title-contender form as the season progressed, eventually finishing a disappointing 10th before Ancelotti left to take up the offer from Madrid.
Again according to Goal, the price of the transfer has not been discussed, but it is clear that Everton would not let him go cheaply, considering he has a contract with the club until June 2024.
In addition, the Brazilian would have to compete with the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Vinicius, Rodrygo and Lucas Vázquez for a starting place, as it seems incredibly unlikely he would arrive to compete center forward stalwart and veteran Karim Benzema.