Everton is said to be closer than ever in signing Napoli midfielder Allan.
Allan is a long admired transfer target at Everton and after weeks of negotiations and persuasion, Allan transfer to Goodison Park looks closer than ever. Carlo Ancelotti specially asked for signing the Brazilian and looks like he may have his wish granted finally.
Midfield is the weakest area for the Toffees and there’s no way Everton can challenge for Europe with the current crop of midfield. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg would have been a competent addition but the Dane has preferred to move to Tottenham hotspur. Napoli midfielder was Marcel Brands’ plan B and it looks like they will succeed in signing the Brazilian.
When Carlo Ancelotti took over the reins at Merseyside, he wanted to bring some of his favoured stars from Napoli at Goodison. Allan, Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon, all were linked. Allan was the strongest name of all and it was not a rumour at all.
Earlier, Everton did make a bid which was rejected by the Gli Azzuri as the bid failed to match the valuation. Everton have now made a bid of €25 million plus €5 million in bonuses, as per CalcioNapoli24. The latest offer still isn’t what Napoli expect but a compromise is to be reached soon.
Meanwhile, TuttoMercato reported that Ancleotti personally got on a call with Allan to convince him for a move and the 29 year old. The former Udinese man infact even agreed a base salary of £90,000 and personal terms. Now the only question that remains is to get Napoli agree to a fee. A middle ground between €25-€30 million can be reached but signs look positive for the Toffees.
Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to make player sales as soon as possible to avoid an FFP breach as the Naples club has spent well over €180 million in the last year over transfers. The Italian club wants to make sales of at least €150 million and is ready to get rid of Allan, Kalidou Koulibaly, Arkadiusz Milik to generate funds.
The waiting game can actually benefit the Toffees in bringing the €30 million asking price further down as Napoli get restless and desperate to make player sales. At the moment there are no other takers for Allan as well. Atletico Madrid were interested previously but now have shifted their focus on Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira.
Allan is a solid player who can instantly improve the midfield calibre by his involvement. A fee of less than €30 million will be a win for Everton. Perhaps, the reunification of Ancelotti and Allan can turn the tables for the Toffees.
Will Allan be an Everton player before the end of this week?