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.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.