By George Overhill

26th Jan, 2023 | 8:10pm

Everton are readying a formal approach to Real Madrid to speak to their assistant Davide Ancelotti, the Daily Mail reports.

The Toffees are “keen” to speak to the Italian, son of current Bernabeu and former Goodison boss Carlo, if they are unable to convince Marcelo Bielsa to take the job after he flew in from Brazil for talks.

And according to MARCA, the Everton job “appeals” to Ancelotti as he eyes the step up to start a management career in his own right.

The Real-leaning Spanish outlet claims that he likes the idea a return to Everton for his first steps in management because they are a Premier League club with history.

He previously worked under his father at Goodison Park before the pair left for Madrid prior to last season, and won the Champions League in May after defeating Merseyside rivals Liverpool in the final.

While Madrid reportedly feel that Ancelotti junior will stay for the rest of the season he is said to feel that a proposal from the Toffees “sounds good” even if it arrives midseason.

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Given that Everton have been scrambling against a slide towards the wrong end of the table ever since Ancelotti senior left to return to La Liga there would be some symmetry in turning to his son to restore some balance.

MARCA note that Davide is seen as likely to be a “first-rate coach” but stepping into the current situation on Merseyside would certainly be a baptism of fire.

However, the fact that he was at the club in the recent past should overcome some of the issues associated with a being a rookie coach given the familiarity with the day to day.

Bielsa is interested enough to fly in for talks, even if it still feels like there are too many hurdles to be cleared for the Argentine to take the job, so Ancelotti could soon become a real contender for the job.

He is very young, 33, to be parachuted into his first job as a manager in his own right in the middle of a relegation battle, but his name and his recent experience as a Champions League winning assistant no doubt boosts his profile.

At the same time it has to be noted that Paul Clement, who was on Frank Lampard’s staff until the former Chelsea man was sacked on Monday (23 January), also won Europe’s top prize as an assistant, also with Carlo Ancelotti, and also at Real Madrid, so that is no guarantee of success at Goodison.