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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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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar



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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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