Ever since Carlo Ancelotti took over from Marco Silva at Everton, there have been transfer rumours about Allan moving to Goodison Park.

That’s just how it’s been, and they’ve never really gone away.

The Brazilian is a bit out of place under Gennaro Gattuso at Napoli, and there’s been a lot of talk about a summer exit without anything important ever happening.

There’s been stories about January bids from Ancelotti’s side, and a few other offers being mentioned, but each one has always fallen short of Aurelio de Laurentiis’ valuation (often quoted as €40m).

If Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed, the Napoli owner is now softening his stance in terms of asking price, but Everton still haven’t matched it.

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The Italian newspaper state Ancelotti still wants Allan ‘at all costs’, and has offered €25m + bonuses for the defensive midfielder.

However, Napoli’s reply was ‘dry’, telling them their price is €30m + bonuses, ‘take it or leave it’.

It’s not that much more money, to be completely honest with you, and Gazzetta know this, finishing their little bit on the Allan situation by saying ‘the parties will likely negotiate and the midfielder will team up with his ex-manager again’.

Good news, for once, it seems.