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Napoli president De Laurentiis confirms Allan’s move to Everton

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Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Allan will leave Napoli for Everton this summer with talks at an advanced stage.

Much has been made of Allan’s future these past few weeks amid reported interest from Atletico Madrid and Everton, the latter who are managed by his former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian is hunting for new talent to bring to Goodison Park after a mixed start. He began well by leading Everton into the Premier League top-six in February upon replacing Marco Silva, but the club fell to a disappointing 12th-place finish in the end.

Therefore, Ancelotti wants reinforcements and is eyeing his trusted old star Allan in a reported £25m bid.

The eight-time Brazil international’s agent, Juan Gemelli, had previously refuted claims a deal had been struck on Saturday, but it appears Everton have made great strides over the last two days.

“We are at the final greetings. Allan will go to Everton,” De Laurentiis confirmed to Radio Kiss Kiss.

The Napoli president’s announcement all but ends an impressive five-year spell for Allan, who was subject to a €100m bid from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who is under contract until 2023, has made 212 appearances for the Partenopei and won the Coppa Italia last season.

Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez and Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure both remain on Ancelotti’s shortlist.