As we come to the end of the week and with Everton sitting out this weekend having ignominiously gone out of the FA Cup, the Blues are again being linked with a succession of Napoli players.
The number of transfer stories involving Everton this month is almost frenzied. And the majority of those rumours seem to be increasingly centred on Napoli players.
This isn’t of course very surprising given that Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti was only recently the Napoli boss until he was unceremoniously sacked late last year before he took the Everton job.
The latest stories centre on two of those players; Brazilian defensive midfielder Allan and a forward we’ve heard about before; Hirving Lozano.
Let’s start with the Brazil midfielder Allan. He not got a very Brazilian name but is an excellent defensive player with all the qualities to do that job very well and effectively screen the defence. He would also offer some offensive contribution as well.
Allan does seem to tick all the boxes as far as Everton are concerned and could probably come in and do a job for the Blues. He has plenty of experience and apparently Ancelotti is said to be keen to bring him to Goodison Park. Make of that what you will.
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Next is the young Mexican forward Lozano. This player moved to Napoli from PSV Eindhoven last summer after a couple of stellar seasons in Holland’s Eridivisie where he was very highly regarded.
There are several intriguing aspects to this rumour. Lozano is well-known to Blues Director of Football, Marcel Brands, who brought him to Holland when he was PSV’s talent scout.
And obviously Ancelotti also knows the player quite well, although he didn’t get a great deal of game time under the Italian.
Lozano seems to be a very strong all-round attacking threat. He generally seems to play centrally or on the left but can operate anywhere across the front line. So might he be an answer for the Toffees need for a right-wing attacker?