Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly eyeing Torino midfielder Samuele Ricci as an alternative to top target Jude Bellingham. Tuttosport reported that the Spanish giants are interested in signing the 21-year-old and Ancelotti is keen to have him in his squad, but only as a backup plan if they fail to land their preferred target.
Ricci, who spent his formative years with Empoli before joining Torino, has become a more well-known player since signing for the club permanently in July 2022 after initially spending six months on loan. He may be available for 20–25 million Euros, and Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Napoli are all reportedly interested in signing him.
Despite not always being the first-choice midfielder at Torino this season, Ricci has played a significant role, contributing a goal and an assist in 24 appearances. Ancelotti is said to be impressed by the youngster’s development and wants to bring him to Real Madrid.
The club is expected to strengthen its midfield during the upcoming summer transfer window due to the ageing of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos‘ contract expiring soon without renewal.
Bellingham has emerged as a potential target for Real Madrid, but recent reports suggest that he is more likely to join Manchester City. Consequently, the club has identified other players, including Khephren Thuram (OGC Nice), as potential summer transfer targets.
Ricci is seen as a suitable backup target if Bellingham cannot be signed, given that he primarily plays defensive midfield, making him a replacement for Aurelien Tchouameni. Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde are more versatile players who prefer more complex roles.
It remains to be seen if Real Madrid will make Ricci a top target for the summer transfer window, but Ancelotti’s interest in the player shows that the club is considering alternatives in case they cannot sign their primary targets. With the midfield in need of reinforcements, the signing of Ricci could prove to be a smart move for Real Madrid as they look to maintain their dominance in Spanish and European football.