KEY POINTS

  • Richarlison and Ancelotti worked together for 18 months at Everton
  • He is contracted with Everton until 2024
  • He is currently with Brazil for Copa America

Real Madrid are reportedly looking into the possibility of bringing Everton’s Richarlison to the Spanish capital this summer.

Richarlison’s former Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti told Real Madrid’s hierarchy that he wants to sign the Brazilian forward ahead of the 2021-22 season, unnamed sources told ESPN BrazilInternational Business Times, however, could not verify it independently.

Ancelotti was Richarlison’s boss at Everton for 18 months at Goodison Park between December 2019 and June 2021. In the 2019-20 season, Richarlison netted 15 goals and provided five assists in 41 games, across all competitions and the following season, he scored 13 goals and three assists in 40 competitive matches.

It was previously reported that Ancelotti was interested in Richarlison's signing at Real Madrid and now it has been revealed that he himself is intervening in the transfer. 

The Real Madrid boss contacted Richarlison personally regarding a potential move to Spain this summer, according to the soccer website Goal. While Ancelotti is keen to reunite with Richarlison at Madrid, the talks are believed to be only in the early stages.

Richarlison is currently with the Brazil national team for Copa America. The defending champions have once again qualified for the final and are set to face off 14-time winners Argentina in the summit clash on Sunday.

Everton signed Richarlison from Watford at a fee of $69 million. In the three full seasons at Goodison Park, the 24-year-old Brazilian has netted 42 goals and 10 assists in a total of 119 appearances for the club, across all competitions.

If the deal happens, it will be for the second straight season the two clubs would have done business with James Rodriguez having moved from Santiago Bernabeu to Everton last summer as a free agent.

Everton striker Richarlison scored the winner at Sheffield United Everton striker Richarlison scored the winner at Sheffield United Photo: POOL / Rui Vieira

However, it is also understood that Real Madrid, who are already chasing Kylian Mbappe, may not be willing to make big signings in the underway summer market because of the money they spent on renovating their stadium while being financially hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Since Zinedine Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid’s head coach and Ancelotti took over, two players have already left the club this summer. Real Madrid’s captain Sergio Ramos has left the side on free transfer to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Central defender Raphael Varane is close to securing a deal with Manchester United.