Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik ‘aspired’ to join Everton this summer, but Carlo Ancelotti decided against the move.

That’s according to Italian journalist Ciro Venerato, who says the Toffees made it clear that they were looking for a player with a different profile to the Polish international.

Milik looked extremely likely to leave Napoli this summer, having fallen down the pecking order following the big-money arrival of Victor Osimhen.

The Italian side were keen to get him off the wage bill ahead of his contract expiring next summer, and there were several suitors, with Juventus and Roma both seeing moves for him collapse.

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That led to links with the Premier League and specifically Everton, who are of course managed by former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti.

There were numerous rumours about a potential move in the final weeks of the window, but ultimately nothing happened, with Milik instead staying in Italy.

Venerato has now explained why, saying that Everton weren’t all that interested and wanted a different style of player.

“He (Milik) dreamed of Juve, but he had opened up to Roma,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss, relayed by Tutto Napoli.

“Then the Giallorossi shuffled the cards, and in the meantime, the Pole disagreed with ADL due to the fines on image rights.

“Purple offer? The offer for the engagement was four million-plus bonuses, but fundamentally the player was not convinced of Fiorentina, he wanted a more important club.

“I think he aspired to Everton, PSG or Atletico Madrid. Everton, however, wanted a counter attacker and not one with the characteristics of Milik.

“Ancelotti had communicated this to a member of the Polish entourage.”