Everton boss Ancelotti faces transfer battle with former club to sign Napoli star Allan
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to be reunited with Napoli star Allan in the summer but faces a transfer battle with his former club Paris Saint-Germain to sign the Brazilian.
Allan has been a key player for Napoli since he arrived from Udinese in 2015.
During his time at the Serie A club, he has made 203 appearances in all competitions, in which time he has scored 10 goals and provided 16 assists.
However, according to Italian publication CalcioMercato, Allan is set to leave Napoli at the end of the season, despite being under contract till 2023.
This is because his relationship with the club and coach Gennaro Gattuso has deteriorated throughout this season.
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After the club’s draw with RB Salzburg in the Champions League, players refused to go on the training retreat organised by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Allan was also reportedly fined £171,000 for his row with the club’s vice-president Edo, who is De Laurentiis’ son.
There have also been reports in the Italian press that Allan has fallen out with Napoli striker Dries Mertens.
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The combination of these issues appears to make Allan’s departure from the San Paolo Stadium more likely this summer.
Ancelotti was interested in signing Allan in the January window and the report claims the 60-year-old Italian is likely to return with an offer in the summer.
However, PSG are also said to be interested in offering the Brazilian a new home too.
Ancelotti is looking to strengthen his squad in the summer and has admitted he wants more power in midfield.
“It is an area where we need more energy, I think,” Ancelotti said about Everton’s midfield.
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“We have quality but above all, energy in the Premier League is really important.
“This doesn’t mean that I am not happy with the players I have but if we are thinking to improve, I think on this aspect we can improve.”
In January Allan was offered to Juventus for a fee of around £39million (€45m), however, the Old Lady declined the offer as they currently have a surplus of midfielders.
And while Ancelotti knows it won’t be easy to beat his former club to sign the tenacious midfielder, both teams feel they will be able to sign him for a much lower fee than what Napoli previously requested.
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