Everton are ready to make their opening bid for Napoli midfielder Allan, and have lined up a €6m a year plus bonuses contract for him should he join.

That’s according to Cronache di Napoli, who say the Blues are ‘serious’ about securing the Brazilian for Carlo Ancelotti.

Allan is widely expected to leave Napoli this summer, having seen his relationship with the Serie A side deteriorate over the last year following a failed move to Paris Saint-German.

He was heavily linked with a move in the January transfer window, and Everton were seemingly at the front of the queue, with barely a day going by in which they were not linked.

Ultimately a move did not happen, but that has not brought about an end to the rumours, instead, at least as far as those in Italy are concerned, they have switched their interest to the summer transfer window.

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Numerous reports from Italy have emerged about a potential move to Goodison Park, with the current focus on how much the midfielder would cost.

There have been claims that Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis will demand at least €70m but, according to Cronache di Napoli, relayed by Calcio Napoli 24, that is not the case.

They say that De Laurentiis has a ‘pact’ with Allan to not ask for too high a figure this summer. That means the aforementioned €70m, which he could have got from PSG last year, has been abandoned, and his new asking price is €40m.

That price would see him leave with ‘mutual satisfaction’, with manager Gennaro Gattuso agreeing to let him go.

Everton are ready to make their move and will soon present their first ‘official’ offer for him, starting the bidding at €30m.

That is, of course, €10m shy of Napoli’s asking price, so it seems Marcel Brands will have some negotiating to do and it would not be surprising if the two clubs were to meet in the middle.

Should they do so, the Blues have already lined up a contract for the Brazilian that will see him earn €6m per year plus bonuses, although it isn’t mentioned how long of a deal is being offered at this point.

Nonetheless, after six months of speculation, it seems this transfer rumour has now progressed, meaning an influx of rumours about the negotiations will be arriving sooner rather than later.