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Everton complete signing of Napoli midfielder Allan for £22m

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Everton complete signing of Napoli midfielder Allan

Everton have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Allan from Napoli for a reported fee of £22m ($30m).

The experienced midfielder reunites with former Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have tied Allan down to a three-year contract that will see him remain at Goodison Park through to 2023, bringing to an end his five-year spell at Stadio San Paolo.

The 29-year-old expressed his joy after the transfer via Everton’s official club website, while giving credit to Carlo Ancelotti for convincing him to undertake a new challenge in the Premier League.

Allan is known as one of the most accomplished ball-winning midfielders in world football and he is expected to be the focal point in Ancelotti’s new midfield three. The new trio is also expected to include Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure, with deals for these players nearing completion.

He becomes the first summer recruit to arrive at Goodison Park ahead of the upcoming 2020-21 Premier League campaign. Allan made over 200 appearances for Napoli between 2015 and 2020, 61 of which came under Ancelotti’s management. He played in all 38 matches as Napoli racked up 91 points in 2017-18 to finish a close second behind rivals Juventus.

The tenacious midfielder has nine senior caps for Brazil national team, having being in the squad that won the Copa America in 2019.

The Brazil international helped the Gli Azzurri win the Coppa Italia in his last season at the club, and will now be tasked with helping Everton go back up the Premier League table.

His first appearance in the famous Blue colors could come as soon as September 13, with Ancelotti’s men set to kick off their latest campaign with a trip to Tottenham.


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