Date: 17th August 2020 at 6:00pm
Written by: Cory Lions

Lots of Everton fans have been reacting on social media after Gianluca di Marzio claimed Borussia Dortmund have joined the race to sign SSC Napoli midfielder Allan.

Allan’s future at the San Paolo Stadium is believed to be in doubt after Napoli began their summer spending with the €81.3million (£73.5m) transfer of LOSC Lille forward Victor Osimhen.

Any further additions to Gennaro Gattuso’s side are expected to hinge on President Aurelio de Laurentiis offloading some of the current Napoli first-team, likely including Allan due to the Brazilian’s vast potential suitors.

Napoli are said to be touting Allan at the €40m (£36.1m) mark but are yet to receive a suitable offer from Paris Saint-Germain or Atletico Madrid following the Ligue 1 and La Liga outfit’s interest, while Dortmund are thought to have their own valuation of just €25m (£22.6m) plus potential bonuses.

Atletico Madrid could yet usurp BVB’s bid with an offer better matching Napoli’s asking price, as Marca believe the La Liga outfit are prepared to pay the full €40m to secure Allan as Diego Simeone is looking for immediate reinforcements and feels their presence in the Champions League could be a deciding factor.

Everton have long been linked with interest in Allan as head coach Carlo Ancelotti has been keen to reunite with his former anchor during the summer transfer market, but is seemingly yet to see Director of Football Marcel Brands strike an agreement.

Reports have suggested Napoli turned down an offer of €25m (£22.6m) plus €5m (£4.5m) in add-ons from the Toffees, and later claims of an agreement of €38m (£34.3m) – including additional bonuses – now appears misguided following the latest updates from Italy and Spain, with it suggested Everton have offered in excess of €40m.

Dortmund now entering the race has led to much frustration on Merseyside with fans growing disgruntled at the time being taken for Brands to reach an agreement to sign Allan from Napoli.

Dortmund allegedly only valuing Allan at €25m plus add-ons has also been a focus point for some Everton fans, given they reportedly saw Napoli rebuff their side’s similar offer as the Serie A side hold out for €40m.

Further sides entering the race and potentially creating a bidding war in Napoli’s favour may not be the worst thing for Everton, in the eyes of some fans who believe there are better options to improve Ancelotti’s side than Allan.

Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure is one midfielder that has been muted by fans on social media, given the Hornets’ relegation from the Premier League and the Frenchman’s exploits in the top-flight.

Doucoure was a target for Everton during Marco Silva’s time in charge last summer, but the Blues were unable to convince the Vicarage Road side of parting with the 27-year-old after he scored five goals and assisted six in the 2018/19 term.

Arsenal are currently being linked with a move for the former U21 international after he scored four goals and assisted two in 37 outings on route to relegation, with the Gunners considering alternatives to Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.

 

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