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Everton midfielder Allan poised for Serie A return as Italian club plots summer move

Everton midfielder Allan

Everton midfielder Allan remains on the radar of Lazio ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report.

Allan, a 10-time Brazil international, left South America in 2012 by joining Spanish club Granada. Following a spell at Udinese, he went on to sign for Napoli in 2015.

He made 212 appearances for the Italian giants, helping them to win the Coppa Italia in 2020. The enforcer became a favourite of Carlo Ancelotti’s during his spell in charge of Napoli.

And Allan followed Ancelotti to the Premier League when Everton paid Napoli £21million for his signature in September 2020.

The 31-year-old has played 31 times this season under Ancelotti’s replacement, Rafa Benitez, and then his successor, Frank Lampard.

But he could be sold in the summer to help Lampard bring in some crucial transfer funds.

Back in March, a report revealed Lazio to be on his trail. Their interest mainly stems from manager Maurizio Sarri, who worked with Allan at Napoli before Ancelotti’s arrival at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

Soon afterwards, Everton reportedly put Allan up for sale to allow Lampard to revamp his midfield options. And Lazio are willing to play ball by taking Allan back to Serie A.

Allan lined up for summer move

According to Goal, who cite reports in Italy, Lazio are still hoping to snare the Rio de Janeiro-born player from Goodison Park this summer.

Plus, Goal provide a new twist in the transfer tale. They claim Allan wants to reunite with Sarri at Lazio, making a summer exit from Everton likely.

He shouldn’t cost a huge sum due to his age and contract situation. Allan’s Everton deal runs out next year, giving the Toffees two more chances to sell for a fee.

Nevertheless, Everton will still receive some money for his services. He is a reliable performer after all, as well as a full Brazil international.

This potential transfer makes sense for all parties. Lampard needs to make the squad his own and selling Allan may be a good place to start, as long as he can bring in a top-class replacement.

Allan, meanwhile, clearly has his heart set on working under Sarri again. In addition, joining Lazio will give him the chance to feature in the Europa League next term.

For Lazio, Allan would represent a shrewd piece of business given his experience. They may also need midfield reinforcements if Sergej Milinkovic-Savic leaves for Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.

Elsewhere, Everton face serious competition from Aston Villa to land an out-of-contract Premier League defender.