As the summer transfer window slowly edges closer, Everton being linked with players in Italy is likely to become a daily occurrence.

As we saw in January, Carlo Ancelotti’s presence at Goodison Park has created an idea that the Blues will be shopping in Serie A in the near future.

A raid on Napoli for his former players seems almost destined at this point, and Hirving Lozano is one who has been continually linked.

The Mexican joined Napoli last summer in a club-record deal but has struggled, with it looking increasingly likely they will try to sell him and recoup their losses.

Everton have been suggested as a possible destination, primarily because of Ancelotti, who signed him at Napoli, and Marcel Brands, who brought him to Europe with PSV Eindhoven.

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Radio Marte posited this to Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi in a recent interview, and he instead suggested any talk is more to do with agents, suggesting the forward had been caught up in ‘agent games’ during his career.

He then had a bit of a warning for any interested parties, hinting that Lozano may not be as good as people think he is.

“In South America, he is a good player, because he could run past the man,” he told the station, relayed by Arena Napoli. 

“But in Europe, he did well at PSV because he plays two games a year between PSV and Ajax because the other opponents don’t exist.”

That’s hardly a glowing recommendation, although it is hard to argue with given how badly Lozano has struggled since moving to Serie A last summer.

Either way, Everton are likely to be linked throughout the upcoming transfer window, and in the months before it, although it seems if Jacomuzzi was providing the crucial vote, it would be a resounding no.