Everton and Allan is a saga which dates back to the January transfer window. When Carlo Ancelotti took over at Goodison Park it increased the club’s perceived standing in Europe, so transfers which would have once seemed unlikely were taken seriously.

Last summer, Napoli blocked Allan moving to PSG and there were all kinds of claims at the time about the level of fee needed to sign the midfielder. Some of those went as high as €80m, which was completely unrealistic, and they gradually dropped to a level around €40m.

Ciro Venerato, a Rai journalist who seems to speak about Napoli 24 hours a day, has been quoted by CalcioNapoli24 as saying: “Everton want Allan and offer €25m plus €5m in bonuses. Napoli would close at €30m, plus the €5m (bonuses).”

Napoli need to get some sales done before the window closes. This morning, Gazzetta dello Sport reported the club spent €180m between January and July, and need to bring €150m back in.

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Kalidou Koulibaly is one sales option, with Gazzetta stating the Italian club wouldn’t be able to reject an offer of €70m from Manchester United.

When it came to Allan, he was thrown in with Faouzi Ghoulam, with the newspaper stating Napoli absolutely want to sell both and expect to bring in €40m, combined, from them.

That would suggest a €35m package is too high for Allan, so Everton could benefit from continuing the waiting game.