Everton are reportedly ready to make their ‘first official’ transfer offer for Napoli’s Brazilian midfielder Allan.
According to Cronache di Napoli, as relayed by Calcio Napoli 24, the Toffees are ‘serious’ about signing the player and are ready to make their ‘first official offer’ for the Serie A star.
As cited by Sport Witness, the figure which the Goodison Park club is believed to be offering is €30m (£26.7m).
While the initial asking price for Allan had thought to have been €70m (£62.4m), it is in fact much lower than that.
However, the asking price is now believed to be €40m (£35.7m), which is still higher than what the Merseyside club has reportedly put on the table.
Should the desired transfer offer be received in the next transfer window, then Allan will be allowed to leave the club ‘with mutual satisfaction‘.
Due to the 29-year-old having three years left on his contract with Napoli and a market value of £28.8million (per Transfermarkt), an asking price of €40m (£35.7m) does not seem too unreasonable.
However, with the midfielder having been only the 13th-best performer for the San Paolo Stadium club in Serie A this season (per WhoScored), questions must be raised over whether the player is worth the fee.
To earn the 13th-best spot, though, Allan has a 6.75/10 average rating in Serie A, which would make him the eighth-best performer for the Toffees if replicated in the Premier League (per WhoScored).
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Furthermore, Allan has made the most tackles of any Napoli player per league game on average this term with 2.8 per outing.
So, the Brazilian may be able to add some midfield solidarity for the Toffees if he is signed.
That would be dependent upon the two clubs settling the €10million (£8.9m) difference between the supposed bid and Napoli’s asking price, though.