Everton are set to make an official offer for Napoli forward Hirving Lozano ‘in the next few hours’ as their summer spending spree continues.
That’s according to CalcioMercato journalist Daniele Longo, who says the Blues will ‘formulate an official offer’ for the Mexican.
That is the extent of the information he’s willing to provide at present, failing to offer up whether the offer will be for a permanent transfer or a loan, and if it is the former, what sort of money they would be offering.
The interest in Lozano is nothing new of course, with Everton having been linked with making a move for various reasons.
Chief among them is Carlo Ancelotti, who is known to be a big fan of the Mexican having pushed for Napoli to sign him when he was in charge of the Italian club.
There is also Marcel Brands, Everton’s Director of Football, who is the man that brought Lozano to Europe with PSV Eindhoven and another admirer of his talents.
Those two, plus Everton’s need for a right-winger, meant a move made complete sense, and for several months there have been rumours that Goodison Park could be Lozano’s next destination should Napoli decide to sell following his disappointing first year at the club.
It seems they are now ready to make that interest into something more official and try to lure him away from Naples this summer.
— Daniele Longo (@86_longo) September 9, 2020
However, should they do so, they are likely to face resistance. Il Mattino reported yesterday that Everton had already seen a tentative enquiry knocked back and Gennaro Gattuso has changed his mind about the Mexican and decided to keep him.
That rumour made it clear that Napoli are not interested in a sale, although owner Aurelio De Laurentiis recently declared that they would now always accept good offers for their players, regardless of how long they’ve been at the club.
Those comments would suggest no player is un-sellable if the right money is offered, something Everton, who’ve been splashing the cash, may be able to provide.