Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged the club to sell Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz to fund a move for Everton’s Richarlison.
That’s according to El Confidencial, who say the Brazilian would cost as much as €90m this summer.
The website explains that Madrid have a ‘serious problem’, and that is the lack of goals in the squad, an issue that’s been there since Cristiano Ronaldo departed.
More than a lack of goals, it is the absence of strikers capable of scoring them that worries Ancelotti, and he has already made the club aware he wants to resolve it.
The club are focused on signing Kylian Mbappé and have made that clear, but until that happens, the only striker Ancelotti trusts is Karim Benzema.
Neither Jovic nor Mariano have ‘convinced him’, and he is happy to see both go, with Madrid working hard to find a suitor for the former, which is a task that is easier said than done.
As a replacement, Ancelotti wants a ‘second-tier striker’, a player who will score goals but not cost a lot of money and has ‘dared to suggest’ the name of Everton’s Richarlison as the ideal target.
He knows the Brazilian after his time at Everton and is also aware that Madrid have a ‘good relationship’ with the Brazilian market via their head of scouting Juni Calafat.
The problem is that Everton are absolutely not interested in a sale and, if one is to happen, they want to ‘take advantage’ of the situation and make a big profit.
They’ve set a €90m asking price on Richarlison’s head, a figure that is considered an ‘unaffordable price’ for the Spanish giants.
That is largely because Madrid don’t want to spend a single penny on anyone other than Mbappé, and this has been relayed to Ancelotti.
He, then, may have to make do with what he has at his disposal, foregoing a move for Richarlison in the process.