Reports from Spain claim that former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Richarlison to Real Madrid.
According to Don Balon via Legit, Mourinho is eager for Real Madrid to sign Richarlison as well as Liverpool defensive midfielder and fellow Brazilian international teammate Fabinho, with the report claiming that the Portuguese manager has agreed to a deal in principle to re-join Real Madrid six years after leaving the Spanish giants.
Despite having one of their busiest summers in recent years and figures from Transfermarkt showing that the club spent well over £275m on the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy, Real Madrid have endured a poor start to the season.
As well as a poor start to life in the Champions League, Los Blancos have been far from impressive in La Liga with Madrid currently a point behind lead leaders Barcelona and only two points off sixth place Sevilla, and Zinedine Zidane’s second-spell in the hot seat for Real is reportedly under threat.
Indeed, the footballing icon has even admitted via The Independent that rumours surrounding Mourinho’s return to Madrid are bothering him, but it remains a surprise that the three-time Premier League-winning manager would like to take Richarlison with him to the Spanish capital.
The Brazilian attacker, who is valued on Transfermarkt at £45m, has had an enjoyable two seasons at Goodison since joining from Watford in 2018, with stats from Transfermarkt showing that Richarlison has managed 17 goals and four assists in 49 appearances, yet given Real’s heavy transfer window this summer, a move for the 22-year-old winger could be off the table this January.
With Richarlison’s contract at Everton ending in the summer of 2023, Real would need to submit a hefty transfer fee to prize the Toffees away from their prized asset, and with the youngster seemingly enjoying his time on Merseyside, a big move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs will likely be put on hold for another year.