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Real Madrid have Brazilian international as an option to reinforce the attacking unit – report
With Karim Benzema’s fitness starting to become a topic of concern at Real Madrid, it would not be a surprise to see the club go after a new striker in the summer transfer window.
Benzema has missed a bunch of matches due to various fitness issues and given that he is 35 years of age, the time might be right for Los Blancos to start thinking about the future.
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland remain very much a topic of discussion when it comes to Real Madrid.
But, according to a fresh report from AS, Los Blancos also have Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison as an option to reinforce the attack in the summer.
The Brazilian international has been on the agenda at Real Madrid ever since Carlo Ancelotti took over the reins of the club in 2021. The Italian tactician coached Richarlison at Everton in the past and rates him highly.
The versatile forward moved to Tottenham only last summer, but cracks are starting to appear already as he recently lashed out at manager Antonio Conte over the lack of playing time as well as criticising the manager’s tactics.
Richarlison has had a difficult time at Tottenham, having had to compete with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski for playing time.
All these factors could compel him to consider his future, especially if Conte remains in charge of the team beyond the ongoing campaign. In that scenario, Real Madrid might consider swooping in for the Brazilian forward.
The fact that he could link up with international teammates Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Eder Militao at Real Madrid could appeal to Richarlison.
But convincing Tottenham to sell could be a whole different issue, especially considering that they splashed close to €70 million on him less than a year ago.
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Real Madrid locker room angry with Barcelona midfielder’s ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour – report
While the evident frustration among the Real Madrid players was quite visible following the recent 1-2 defeat against Barcelona, the feeling of vexation was not really limited on the field.
Journalist Mario Cortegana, while writing for The Athletic, has confirmed that once the players got into the dressing room, the environment had an air of anger and frustration.
Players from each team had a go at each other right till the end, especially the likes of Dani Carvajal and Arnau Tenas, who had to be separated by several members from both teams.
Interestingly, before the aforementioned incident, Barcelona midfielder Gavi was already causing some trouble on the field. The youngster did not shy away from putting his body on the line throughout the game and it annoyed Madrid players to the extreme.
First, he pushed Carvajal in one incident and after that, he entangled himself in an off-the-ball clash with Dani Ceballos. The Madrid midfielder first had a collision with Robert Lewandowski and as the game moved on, Gavi made note of the incident.
During the run of play, Gavi pushed Ceballos with his shoulder and it did not settle well with the Madrid players and manager Carlo Ancelotti. The players and the manager were disturbed by Gavi’s behaviour and considered it ‘unsportsmanlike’.
On the other hand, there was frustration involving refereeing decisions as well. It must be remembered that in the 82nd minute, Marco Asensio found the back of the net to send the Madrid fans into a frenzy.
The celebration, however, was cut short as VAR disallowed the goal for an extremely tight offside. “We are sad, frustrated,” a dressing room source told The Athletic. “What happened? A guy looking at a TV in Madrid has decided La Liga.”
Ancelotti, on his part, said: “The disallowed goal? I don’t know, I really don’t know. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m leaving with this doubt. If the VAR is sure.”
“I leave this match very proud. I don’t think we deserved to lose today,” he added.