The links between Everton and Allan have grown stronger after Carlo Ancelotti has personally asked the club to sign the midfielder.
According to a report from CalcioNapoli24 (via Sport Witness), the Blues boss has ‘explicitly requested’ that the club bring Allan to Goodison Park this summer.
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It seems now that Everton are the only horse left in the race for the Brazilian midfielder, according to the report. Ancelotti seems more than keen to be working with the midfielder as talks continue to swirl around a potential deal.
According to the Italian source, Allan no longer has a ‘connection’ with Napoli and the fans have also seemingly lost faith in his abilities after an inconsistent season.
However, Allan’s previous few seasons haven’t exactly set the Serie A alight. With just one goal and one assist this term, he has only performed marginally worse than last campaign, where he tallied one goals and two assists. Indeed, 2017/18 was better from him (four goals, four assists) but only in comparison to the previous season, accumulating one goal and three assists (via Transfermarkt).
Ancelotti certainly knows talent and it’s likely he could transform Allan, but at face value, the Brazilian isn’t worth the price tag Napoli have set.
Last month, the cost for the 29-year-old was revealed through Football Italia (via Liverpool ECHO) and it was reported that the Italians would be looking for around £63million for Allan. In the current climate, this is money Everton simply don’t have to splurge on just one player.
Although their midfield needs a revamp, the Blues shouldn’t be looking to spend big on a player with below average numbers and who is approaching 30. Everton need a midfielder who is going to command play and trouble the defence, which Allan has struggled to do over the past couple of seasons.
Despite Ancelotti’s keen interest in him, the smart option would be to shop elsewhere and bring in a midfielder with better statistics and a longer shelf life. Otherwise the Toffees run the risk of spending big on a soon-to-be 30-year-old, and losing an awful lot of money when they can’t shift him in a couple of seasons time.
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