Everton land Brazil midfielder Allan from Napoli
Carlo Ancelotti made his former midfielder a priority and Everton have completed the signing of the Brazil international for a fee of €25m.
Carlo Ancelotti continues to overhaul his Everton squad after the club confirmed the signing of Allan from Napoli on Saturday, with Real Madrid midfielder James Rodríguez close to moving to Goodison Park to team up with the Brazil midfielder.
Allan – who struggled for game time under Genarro Gattuso at Napoli – was thought to be a priority signing for Ancelotti in this window, with the Italian keen to be reunited with his former player.
Ancelotti has now got his wish, with Allan, a combative midfielder capped nine times by Brazil, joining Everton on a three-year contract for a reported fee of £22.2million (€25m) plus add-ons.
"It is a real pleasure to sign for Everton. I am immensely happy to be here," Allan told evertontv. "I hope, like I have done in my entire career, I contribute with my performances together with my team-mates and that I put in some great games, great performances and win important things.
"It is a club with a rich history in the Premier League, has real ambition and then there is Professor Ancelotti. He has done everything possible to bring me here.
Allan: "It is the size of the club and the name of the coach"
"It is the size of the club and the name of the coach which means you don't think twice about coming to Everton."
The 29-year-old, who made 23 Serie A appearances last season, scoring one goal, is also reportedly set to be joined by Real Madrid's James Rodríguez and Watford's Abdoulaye Doucouré.
Allan's arrival, along with the expected additions of James and Doucouré, has cast further doubt over the futures of some of Everton's squad, with the Toffees said to be open to offers for Theo Walcott, Bernard, Fabian Delph and Gylfi Sigurdsson – the club's record signing.
Muhamed Besic, Yannick Bolasie and Sandro Ramírez – who spent last season out on loan – are also for sale.
Everton begin their 2020-21 Premier League campaign at Tottenham on September 13.