Following the news from earlier this week that Carlo Ancelotti has departed Everton for Real Madrid, the manager could deal the Toffees a double setback by signing Richarlison this summer.
According to Football Insider, the Italian regards the Brazilian as player who could shine at the Santiago Bernabeu next season and is planning a summer raid at Goodison Park.
A deal for the former Watford man would perhaps surpass the £75m the Toffees received for Romelu Lukaku in the summer of 2017, given that Everton reportedly rejected an £85m offer from Barcelona in January 2020.
The Toffees are on the hunt for a new manager following Ancelotti’s departure and their hopes of appointing a big name would not be aided should Richarlison depart this summer, as he is definitely one of the stars in this Everton side.
The 24-year-old managed seven goals and three assists in 34 Premier League appearances last season, although his performances earned him an impressive 6.98 rating from WhoScored.
Only James Rodriguez, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lucas Digne were rated higher than the Brazil international in Everton’s squad last season, which emphasises just how important he is at Goodison Park; and if the Merseyside outfit want to progress next season, they need to be keeping players of Richarlison’s quality.
The £54m-rated forward is contracted until 2024, so if Ancelotti does want to bring the Brazilian with him to Real Madrid this summer, he will surely have to pay a huge fee. However, the temptation of playing in the Champions League for Los Blancos might be tough for Richarlison to turn down this summer, which could force Everton to accept a bid.
The 61-year-old is certainly a big fan of Richarlison, as he sung his praises earlier this year, saying: “Richarlison is a modern striker, a complete striker, because he works really hard. His physical statistics are really high, like a midfielder – but he has speed and he is really clinical in the box.
“He is fantastic with the head and clinical in front of the goalkeeper and his movement without the ball is really good.
“I think he can be one of the top strikers in Europe. I’m sure he can because he has all these kind of qualities and he doesn’t have a specific position on the pitch. He is really complete.”
Therefore, it would not be a surprise if the rumours are true and Ancelotti does want to prise Richarlison away from Goodison Park this summer. Given his impressive performances since joining from Watford, it would be a huge setback to Everton’s chances of securing European football next season if he were to follow his former manager to Madrid.