Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti ‘could convince’ the club to make a move for Napoli forward Hirving Lozano this summer.
That’s according to Tuttomercatoweb journalist Niccolò Ceccarini, who says the Mexican is likely to leave the Serie A side this summer.
Lozano joined Napoli in a €38m deal from PSV Eindhoven last summer after several years of starring in the Eredivisie.
His time in Italy has not been a happy one, though, as he has managed just three goals and two assists in 28 games in all competitions.
That is not value for money as far as Napoli are concerned, and several reports have indicated they may look to recoup their losses if Lozano does not show signs of improvement between now and the end of the season.
Everton have thus been linked as potential suitors by numerous outlets, with Ancelotti still a fan and Marcel Brands, the man who brought Lozano to Europe, also at the club.
And according to Ceccarini, it will be the Italian manager who makes the move happen, as he has the power to ‘convince’ Everton to sign the forward.
“Lozano’s farewell is very likely in June,” he wrote in his column for Tuttomercatoweb.
“The Mexican tip is not finding his place, and he was a 40 million euro investment. Ancelotti could convince Everton to buy him outright.”
As we’ve said before, it certainly would make sense for Everton to make a move given the connections they have at the club, their need for a right-winger and the fact Lozano, at 24, fits into the type of player they want.
However, €40m is a lot of money for a player coming off a poor campaign, while FFP restrictions may also play their part.
It’s more likely that Everton will shop at the other end of the market, but if Ancelotti were to make it clear Lozano is the man he wants, it’s also hard to see those in charge saying no.