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Huge bid for Allan knocked back

| Tuesday, 26 May 2020 30comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have had an offer of £40m turned down by Napoli for midfielder Allan, according to a report in Italy.

The Brazilian has been linked consistently with a move to Goodison Park after his former boss, Carlo Ancelotti, took the reins there but such a big fee for a 29-year-old hasn't ever felt realistic given Marcel Brands's preference for younger players with sell-on value during his rebuilding work with the Toffees.

Napoli are reportedly willing to sell Allan this summer but their valuation of the player might prove a sticking point.

Original Source: Il Mattino  

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Philip Bunting
1 Posted 26/05/2020 at 17:07:06
Bonkers. 29-year-old. File as nonsense.
Eric Myles
2 Posted 26/05/2020 at 17:11:58
Who's going to spend a big amount of money on a 29-year-old in this day and age?
Gary Willock
3 Posted 26/05/2020 at 17:45:22
Apparently Gana Gueye has been transfer-listed. Just a year older than Allen and likely about a third of the price. No brainer imho: Bring our boy home and put him back next to André. Look for a loan to cover injuries and add competition. £40M+ on someone with 2-3 seasons left at the top is nuts.
Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 26/05/2020 at 18:09:15
I saw that story too, Gary. Seems odd they'd be willing to sell Gana given that he has played so well for them and he's one of their lesser-paid players. But if so, I'd be ecstatic to have him back.
Jay Harris
5 Posted 26/05/2020 at 18:34:33
Allan is a more rounded player than Gana with much better passing ability and a better pedigree although I agree Gana would be better value for money unless PSG are looking to sell for more than they paid and Gana could hit the ground running knowing the club and players so well.
Carl Manning
6 Posted 26/05/2020 at 20:08:54
I would imagine PSG haven't paid the full amount they bought him off us for, with the way transfers work nowadays. Maybe just write off the balance and have him back? I have to admit, I didn't fully appreciate him until we didn't have him this season!

Shocked if they are open to letting him go. He was absolutely magnificent against Real Madrid in the Champions League. He's the sort of player Man Utd are crying out for.

Sam Hoare
7 Posted 26/05/2020 at 21:42:13
No way is Brands offering £40M for Allan. And even less chance of them turning it down if we did! Total nonsense.

We need a midfielder of his ilk, good tackler, high energy and good passer. If he were available for a loan or low transfer fee then it could be interesting but Brands has mainly targeted 22- to 25-year-olds and I expect our new central midfielder to be in that range.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 26/05/2020 at 22:22:13
Bogof — Buy one get one free at £40M?

Allan + Lozano

It's bullshit of the highest order. In the unlikely event anyone offered £40M for a 29-year-old in this unprecedented financial climate for football clubs, Napoli would bite their hand clean off.

Dick Fearon
9 Posted 26/05/2020 at 22:45:52
While under doctors orders, I s'pose a number 9 is out of the question.
Robert Leigh
10 Posted 27/05/2020 at 08:40:51
There's a reason this is in the 'Rumour Mill' section of ToffeeWeb, and I hope it's where it stays! I'm sure he's a good player, but £40M makes no sense.

Agree with those above – get Gana back (even for the same money we paid for him), he would be exceptional in a 4-4-2 alongside André.

Steve Carse
11 Posted 27/05/2020 at 09:05:59
Carl (6) - do you think anyone on this website gives a shit about whether Gueye would be good for Man Utd – or any other team, for that matter?
Robert Tressell
12 Posted 27/05/2020 at 09:22:05
If Ancelotti wants Allan, then I expect the fee would be £40M or even more (unless Napoli are suddenly skint due to Covid-19).

He looks vaguely like a Wijnaldum style / standard player. Better than what we have, certainly. But I'd be hoping we can pick someone up in their early 20s for the same or less who can do what he does.

Not my money so, in some respects, who cares but I guess the issue may be FFP + getting our fingers burned again with someone only coming for the money with his powers on the wane.

Colin Glassar
13 Posted 27/05/2020 at 09:51:24
This sounds like paper talk. Isn’t Allan almost out of contract? He’s a great player imo but that’s way too much.

He is though the type of player Ancellotti will be looking at. It’s all well and good going the Brands way of young talent but Carlo will want a backbone of experienced, dependable pros eg Allan and Thiago Silva.

Think about it. In the midst of battle who would you rather have beside you; the green behind the ears promising young lieutenant or the battle-hardened NCO?

Robert Tressell
14 Posted 27/05/2020 at 10:16:21
Allan is under contract till 2023. So unless Napoli are skint or there's a low buy out option then the price will be high.
Sam Hoare
15 Posted 27/05/2020 at 14:02:38
Colin @13

To answer your question it depends on how well they shoot.

I'd take a young Everton Lukaku over older Everton Samuel Eto'o. I'd take young Everton Stones over the more experienced Ashley Williams.

We already have lots of Premier League experience in midfield with Delph and Schneiderlin; neither has proved a success. Allan looks a better player than both those but experience needs to be matched with the ability to improve the first team.

Allan is a physical player but those powers will decline in his 30s. For me, the wisdom in getting him depends on the what sort of financial deal could be struck.

Eric Myles
16 Posted 27/05/2020 at 14:46:08
The player himself will likely want a 5-year deal, will he still be an asset at 34 years old?

If the Club are able to manage a 3-year deal, is it worth the outlay?

17 Posted 27/05/2020 at 17:48:05
I'd take Gana back but for no more than 15 mil.
Richard Duff
18 Posted 27/05/2020 at 19:58:56
As mentioned on the Gbamin thread, we need midfield power. Drive, tenacity,tackling, progressive passing and mist of all, speed. Speed is the issue with Allan and others who through no fault if their own are about 30. We need the above at 22 to 26 years old.
Soren Moyer
19 Posted 28/05/2020 at 14:43:11
Lol. That fee sounds ridiculous.
Ajay Gopal
20 Posted 29/05/2020 at 07:24:04
At that price, it could be Sigurdsson all over again. Insane, in this financial climate, and given the great analysis put forth by Paul (The Esk) about FFP and Everton's finances, there is no way this would be true.
Jack Convery
21 Posted 29/05/2020 at 16:20:04
I want Koulibaly from Napoli end of. The marquee signing a club with ambition needs to attract the the others. Get Gana back as that's a no-brainer.
Geoff Lambert
22 Posted 03/06/2020 at 10:31:06
Why is everyone so bothered about the price or sell-on price? We are looking for players to stay long-term, not a couple of years then sell on for a profit.

I thought we were trying to move on from being a selling club. As for age, didn't Arsenal pay £56 million for a 28-year-old a couple of years ago?

Geoff Lambert
23 Posted 03/06/2020 at 11:10:57
Jack #22, you do know that Koulibaly is 29 next week, don't you?

Not the age that most ToffeeWebbers would want at Everton.

Sam Hoare
24 Posted 04/06/2020 at 07:34:54
Geoff, every club is a 'selling club' to a degree. Every club has to try and make sound business decisions. Especially now that all clubs have a huge chunk lost from their revenue due to lost gate receipts and especially lost TV money.

Allan is very good but last season was one of his worst in a while. He depends a lot on his physical capacities which as he reaches 30 will start to decline. We do not have endless pots of money so what we do have has to be carefully spent; we have not done this in the past and have been lumbered with declining players on large wages.

If Brands & Ancelotti think that Allan can stay at the top level for another 4-5 years and be the difference between us coming 8th and 4th or 5th then great. But to my eyes spending £40m on a 29-year-old who relies on athleticism and has excelled in Italy (traditionally a league whose players don't often settle quickly in England) would be pretty reckless financially. I suppose it all depends on how good he is/can be for the next 5 years.

I think Aubameyang was 27 wasn't he? And Arsenal could probably sell him now for near the same amount they bought him for. Elite goalscorers always go for a premium.

Steve Shave
25 Posted 04/06/2020 at 07:40:38
I have advocated for this signing for ages but if the price is going to be that close to our record transfer fee (look how that turned out!) then I think it doesn't make sense. The only way I could see that happening is if Usmanov came aboard officially.

Are we going to have a Lozano and Allan kind of transfer window or a Hojberg and Ryan Fraser kind of window? The Gabriel rumours have gone quiet. I'd love silly season to get going just to get excited about footie again.

Sam Hoare
26 Posted 03/07/2020 at 11:47:19
Some rumour today (probably made up) that we've bid £30m for him but they still want £40m.

Very good player and better than what we have but if I'm honest there's a fair few good midfielders out there and for that money i'd prefer someone coming into their peak rather than fading out of it. Could maybe get Zakaria for that amount. Or even have a crack at Ndombele or Guendouzi!

Paul Hewitt
27 Posted 26/07/2020 at 11:37:46
Allan has apparently agreed a contract. Just a fee with Napoli to sort out.
Rob Halligan
28 Posted 26/07/2020 at 13:56:45
The red echo reporting we have agreed terms with Allan, with him reportedly accepting €4.7M pa. Apparently no fee has yet been agreed with Napoli.
Si Turner
29 Posted 02/08/2020 at 13:23:31
Far better than the centre-midfielders we have and this is the most obvious position which requires significant improvement.

If we were able to get Gana back as well (if PSG are looking to sell) that would add some metal to our midfield and make us more competitive.

Nick Page
30 Posted 02/08/2020 at 13:31:53
Can’t wait to sign him in. Long drawn out transfer saga lasting all summer. Then he’ll get injured in pre-season and that’ll be his career done. Everton that.

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