If the rumours are true, Carlo Ancelotti should be the new Everton manager sooner rather than later.

Just under two weeks after sacking Marco Silva, the Blues appear to be honing in on the Italian manager, who would represent a significant coup.

Ancelotti is a free agent after leaving Napoli last week, despite helping the Serie A side to qualify for the last sixteen of the Champions League.

That’s opened the door to Everton, who appear to have moved quickly and have a deal in principle for Ancelotti to become their new manager.

However, it seems if the Italian boss had his way, there would be no move to Merseyside, and he’d still be in Naples.

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Il Mattino report that when Ancelotti met with Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss his departure, he asked ‘are you really sure this is the right thing?’.

He was ‘convinced’ about staying at the club long-term and never made negotiations about his exit ‘take off’. In other words, he seems to have held them up as much as possible.

Indeed, he did not make economic demands to leave the club and even agreed to terminate his deal as soon as he reached an agreement with a new club. That’s now on the table from Everton by all accounts.

This is confirmed by Carlo Alvino, who moved to defend Ancelotti from criticism when speaking on TV Luna, relayed by Calcio Napoli. 

“We do not feed chatter. He has a home in London, his wife works there and is engaged in fashion,” he said.

“The only one who betrayed Napoli, if we really want to feed certain things, was Sarri who met Chelsea after the victory against Juventus.

“Meeting with Everton? Yes, but he was free, he wanted to stay, he said at the conference.

“Criticise him professionally, say he’s the last of the fools, but we don’t go in on the man Ancelotti and try to leave a bad impression.”