Everton are closing in on a deal for Napoli midfielder Allan, and a deal could be done within 48 hours.
As you will know by now, Allan has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park for several months, with the Blues first showing an interest in the January transfer window.
A move never happened, but the links have continued this summer, with several weeks of talks having already taken place.
Those talks appear to have ramped up this week, mainly as Allan has made it clear that he wants a move to Everton above all else.
A transfer is looking imminent, and that is very much the tone being presented by the three newspapers above today.
Il Mattino kick things off by saying that Allan is the one Napoli player who is ‘closest to the sale’ as Everton have ‘overtaken Borussia Dortmund and Atlético Madrid’ with an offer of €30m plus bonuses.
The deal is getting ‘closer and closer’, but the two clubs are working on the finer details, such as the value of the bonuses and the achievement needed to trigger them. Everything is ‘downhill’, though, as Napoli have lowered their demands.
Gazzetta dispute this, saying Everton’s offer is actually €25m plus €5m in bonuses, which is something we’ve heard elsewhere.
Atlético Madrid are willing to match Everton’s efforts, but Allan has made it clear he wants to reunite with Ancelotti.
As a result, the ‘deal will be done’, particularly because the Brazilian midfielder is no longer part of Napoli’s plans.
Corriere go into a little more detail on the money involved and back Gazzetta in stating Everton’s current offer is €25m plus €5m in bonuses.
Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis wants €35m, which is considered too high by Everton, so there is still a ‘gap’ between the two parties.
However, it’s stated that if Everton make a ‘step forward’ and Napoli make ‘one behind’ then the bonuses involved can take care of the issue.
Indeed, the Toffees are determined to get a deal done quickly, ‘even within 48 hours’, suggesting this is getting very close to completion.