Everton will have to pay at least €40m if they wish to sign midfielder Allan from Napoli this summer.
That’s according to journalist Emanuele Cammaroto, who says the Italian club will not offer any discounts on the Brazilian should he end up leaving.
Allan has been heavily linked with a move away from Napoli for the best part of a year, having seen his relationship with the club slowly wear down following a failed move to Paris Saint Germain last year.
It has become increasingly likely that he will leave this summer, particularly after finding himself down the pecking order under new manager Gennaro Gattuso.
The January transfer window was full of rumours, particularly regarding Everton, who are thought to be keen to sign 29-year-old and reunite him with Carlo Ancelotti.
The pair worked together at Napoli, and the belief is that the Italian coach sees Allan as the perfect man to improve an Everton midfield that is in desperate need of additions.
Ultimately a move in the winter window didn’t come off, with Everton not making any signings, but rumours about a move to Goodison Park have not abated.
Last weekend there were claims that the Blues would have to pay at least €60m should they wish to sign Allan, with Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentiis looking to make as much money as possible from any sale.
Cammaroto, though, says otherwise and believes the asking price is much nearer to the €40m mark.
“Divorce is being worked on with Allan,” he told Napoli Magazine, relayed by Arena Napoli.
“But Everton and others who want to take him will have to pay at least 40 million for him, there is no clause, and there will be no discounts.”
Whether that is a price Everton are willing to pay remains to be seen, with finances likely to be tight this summer as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
The belief is that they will target quality rather than quantity, in which case Allan would certainly make sense as a target.
€40m is still a big price, though, and it seems unlikely Marcel Brands will be willing to pay it without some negotiation first.