It’s pretty quiet in terms of transfer stories overall but once again today Everton are being linked with the Brazilian attacker Everton Sousa Soares.
We’ve heard this rumour on many occasions now, with various reports that Everton will move for their namesake and unite him with his international team-mate and friend Richarlison.
Today’s stories are based on claims from Italy that the Blues will make an offer of around £31 million for the wide attacking player.
Soares’ club Gremio have even said that Ancelotti has held preliminary talks with the players’ representatives over a potential move. That seems extremely unlikely though.
The Brazilian, is a right-footed wide midfielder or forward who usually plays on the left-hand side but can also operate on the right or behind the strikers too.
It’s does seem likely that Soares will be on the move somewhere this summer, given the number of transfer stories involving him, but exactly where is still very much in doubt.
Undoubtedly this player could be a very good addition to the Toffees team with his pace, creative flair and goal scoring ability. He’s young and a fee of £30 million or so doesn’t seem too excessive, so maybe..?
Talking about South American wide attacking players that Everton have been heavily linked with, there are more twists in the Hirving Lozano saga.
Stories that once again emanate from Italy, say that Manchester United are also interested in the Mexican winger.
Corriere dello Sport claim Lozano will be on the move this summer as he appears to have fallen badly out of favour with Napoli boss Genaro Gattuso, who succeeded Ancelotti in Naples.
It seems that while the Blues have been favourites to get him, their Lancashire rivals United might also be interested in the player.
This rumour, although it’s probably designed to create more interest in him to bump up his fee, might have more legs to it. Ancelotti obviously knows Lozano and he was a player brought from South America to his former club in Holland, PSV Eindhoven, by Marcel Brands.
Despite his outstanding form in the Dutch Eriedivisie, which got him his big money move, the Mexican hasn’t settled well in Italy and has had only limited opportunities in Serie A, especially since Ancelotti left in December.
Again like Soares, Lozano can operate on either flank or centrally and offers a lot of attacking quality. This versatility and ability would make him a great addition if he was able to recapture the sort of electric form he showed in Holland and for Mexico in the 2018 World Cup.
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Perhaps then a move to Goodison Park and being reunited with Ancelotti and Brands, might give Lozano a new lease of life and help him find his best form again.
Also, it’s likely he would be available for a reasonable fee as well given that Napoli might be keen to move him on.
Sticking with Napoli players, and it seems that any possible move for Brazil midfield enforcer Allan is probably off as the Italian club are being quoted as unwilling to lower their fee for him, despite the coronavirus crisis.
Although Ancelotti does have a high regard for the Brazilian, given his age, the fact that many other younger players are available much cheaper, and Everton have Jean-Philippe Gbamin on the books, means that I don’t feel signing him should be a priority anyway.