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Real Madrid set sights on Brazilian superstar after Mbappe rejection

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Real Madrid have been dealt with their biggest blow yet in the transfer market, after they were informed by Kylian Mbappe, of the player’s desire to continue at PSG rather than joining Los Blancos at the end of the season.

Mbappe’s decision has left the Madrid camp in shock, as the Spanish giants had presumably revolved their transfer plans around the Frenchman.

With Mbappe out of the picture, Real Madrid will desperately set their sights on other potential alternatives, in an attempt to add some real quality to the attacking department.

According to Le Parisian (h/t Futbol de Inglaterra), one of the players Real Madrid have targeted recently is Richarlison. The Spanish champions have entered the pursuit of the Everton forward under the request of coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti and Richarlison have a good relationship, thanks to their time together at Goodison Park. The Brazilian forward had featured in 59 competitive matches under Ancelotti, scoring 20 goals and firmly establishing himself as a key frontman in England.

Richarlison has since gone on to become one of the best forwards in the Premier League. He is also a sought-after prospect in the market, as the former Watford man is expected to leave Everton at the end of the season, after helping the club survive relegation.

With the right amount of productivity, versatility and experience at the highest level of football, Ancelotti believes Richarlison has what it takes to become a star at Real Madrid.

From a sporting perspective, the Everton star could be a like for like alternative for Mbappe as well, as the Brazilian can operate out wide or in a central role, offering pace and productivity in the final third.

Luring Richarlison should be relatively easier, with the player likely to favour a reunion with Ancelotti and grab the chance of becoming a key component in the Real Madrid frontline for the years to come.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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