Everton will make a move for Napoli forward Hirving Lozano in the summer, with Carlo Ancelotti keen to reunite with the Mexican.
Lozano joined the Italian side in a £34.2m deal from PSV Eindhoven but has endured a challenging first year at the club, with just two goals and one assist in all competitions.
This has seen him widely considered as a flop, with several sources suggesting that Napoli will cut their losses and move him on in the summer.
Last week we covered a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, who said they had ‘half a clue’ that Everton could offer Lozano an escape route in the summer.
And according to Ivan Zazzaroni, director of Corriere Dello Sport, that is very much the case, with him having been told as much by Carlo Ancelotti.
Speaking on Canale 21’s Il Bello del Calcio show, relayed by Napoli Magazine, Zazzaroni said “Lozano has been rejected, and Ancelotti would take him to Everton. Ancelotti told me so. He’ll take him back in June if they give him.”
While that’s nothing more than a rumour, it’s a bold claim from Zazzaroni, particularly as he’s claiming Ancelotti told him as much.
In reality, though, it’s a move that would make sense for all parties involved. Everton are in need of a right-winger, and have said as much publicly, and have the money to satisfy Napoli’s demands in terms of asking price.
Lozano also has a relationship with people at the club, with Ancelotti signing him at Napoli and Marcel Brands taking him to PSV, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he were to become available that Everton would make a move.