Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly made ‘contact’ with Everton forward Richarlison regarding a potential switch to Real Madrid.
The hugely successful Italian coach has returned to the Bernabeu to replace the recently departed Zinedine Zidane, having previously managed the La Liga side between 2013 and 2015, in which he guided the club to Champions League success.
The 62-year-old has returned to Spain having spent just under two seasons at Goodison Park, most recently guiding the club to a slightly underwhelming tenth place finish, despite a strong start to the Premier League campaign.
It had looked as if the former AC Milan boss would be a long-term appointment for the Toffees after signing a four-and-a-half-year deal when he took charge back in December 2019, although he has instead taken the shock decision to abandon the club’s project to return to Spain.
Although his time in England is at an end, it looks as if Ancelotti is keen to take one of his former Everton stars with him to the Spanish capital, Goal reporting that he has made ‘contact’ with Richarlison over a possible switch.
The 24-year-old – who is currently on international duty with Brazil at the Copa America – is said to have received a call from his former boss regarding a potential move, although the report suggests that talks are at an early stage at present.
That being said, an offer could be placed over the next few weeks for the talented forward, the player having previously been linked with a move to Madrid’s bitter rivals, Barcelona.
The former Watford man joined the Toffees in 2018 during Marco Silva’s stint in charge and has since gone on to score 42 goals in 119 appearances for the club.
While he did net 13 times last term, the Brazilian did come in for criticism for his displays throughout the season from Everton supporters.
With the club having recently made the controversial decision to appoint former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, it remains to be seen whether Richarlison is an integral part of the Spaniard’s plans or whether he may potentially be allowed to depart for the right price.