Everton Set To Make A Summer Move For This Serie A Midfielder: What Will He Bring To Merseyside?

Allan of SSC Napoli stands disappointed during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio San Paolo on January 18, 2020 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

In a recent post on Twitter, renowned journalist Nicolo Schira revealed that Everton were planning to launch a concrete offer to acquire the services of Allan from Napoli. Schira also went on to state that the Toffees were working on a €40m move and are ready to offer the Brazilian midfielder a contract worth €6m + bonuses per year which will run until 2025.

The 29-year-old has endured a difficult campaign at Naples after struggling to find a run of consistency with his performances over the past eight months. He has featured in 24 matches for the Italian giants, scoring one goal and providing one assist in all competitions. Allan is primarily a holding midfielder which explains why he has struggled to contribute in the final third.

To his credit, the Brazilian workhorse has averaged 2.8 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 0.5 clearances in every 90 minutes of football in the Serie A so far (stats via whoscored). However, his numbers have gone up in European football where he has averaged 3.8 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game in the six UEFA Champions League matches he has been a part of this season (stats via whoscored). Hence, he seems to be more suited for a continental style of football rather than the Italian league where most teams are known for taking a cautious approach to playing the beautiful game.

The Rio de Janeiro-born talent has also earned eight senior caps for the Brazilian national side but is yet to open his goal-scoring account for his nation. At 29, he doesn’t have a lot of time to secure more experience at the international level. Hence, a switch to Goodison Park this summer could offer Allan the ideal platform to perform at a high level and stake a claim for a place in Tite’s squad ahead of the Copa America which has been rescheduled to take place in the summer of 2021 due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Allan of SSC Napoli during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio San Paolo on January 18, 2020, in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

What Will The Brazilian Midfielder Bring To Merseyside?

Allan is a tough-tackling, holding midfielder who doesn’t mind doing the dirty, defensive work that allows his teammates to be more adventurous in the opposition half. He can make some vital interceptions for his side as he is not afraid to chase down every loose ball at the centre of the park. The Brazilian sensation is a midfield powerhouse who has excellent defensive awareness which enables him to nip the opponent’s attacks in the bud. Furthermore, he is an accurate passer of the ball and hardly gets dispossessed by the opposition as evidenced by his pass success rate of 87.6% in the Serie A this season (stats via whoscored).

The Toffees need to strengthen their midfield options this summer if they are to compete for a top 6 place in the English top-flight next season. Carlo Ancelotti could have an advantage in his attempts to land Allan this summer as he has previously worked with the player during his last managerial spell in Naples.

The Brazilian has flourished playing under the Italian tactician in the past so the Everton supporters would hope that they can strike up a similar working relationship at Goodison Park in the coming years. The Merseyside outfit has often lacked quality from their midfielders this season with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin and Andre Gomes all flattering to deceive with their showings at the heart of Ancelotti’s midfield. Maybe, recruiting Allan will add some much-needed bite and steel to the Toffees midfield so that they can show more resilience in the upcoming campaign.

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