Carlo Ancelotti is being tipped to try and ‘convince’ Everton to launch a bid for Napoli ace Hirving Lozano in the summer transfer window.
The 24-year-old completed a £35m move to the Serie A side last summer, having scored an impressive 21 goals in 40 appearances for PSV Eindhoven last season.
However, he has struggled to replicate that goalscoring form in Italy, finding the back of the net just three times in 22 appearances for Napoli.
Napoli are said to be ready to cut their losses on the Mexican attacker, if he fails to show signs of improvement, with Goodison Park being touted as a potential destination for him.
Toffees boss Ancelotti worked with Lozano for almost three months before he was dismissed by Napoli at the start of December.
And according to journalist Niccolo Ceccarini, the 60-year-old could persuade Everton chiefs to bring the player nicknamed ‘Chucky’ to Merseyside this summer.
“Lozano’s farewell is very likely in June,” he wrote in his column for Tuttomercatoweb.
“The Mexican tip is not finding his place, and he was a 40 million euro investment. Ancelotti could convince Everton to buy him outright.”
Meanwhile, Chris Smalling has revealed that he would like to negotiate a permanent transfer to Roma at the end of the season.
The defender has revived his career during his loan away from Manchester United this season, hugely impressing in 25 appearances in all competitions.
While Roma are eager to keep hold of him on a permanent basis, his form may have been almost too good – pricing them out of a potential move.
That had led to murmurs of interest from elsewhere in the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton both keen on signing the 30-year-old. Read more…