Everton officials working on January transfer as ‘gift’ for Ancelotti

Date published: Tuesday 22nd December 2020 3:31 - Matthew Briggs

Sami Khedira, Matthijs de Ligt

Everton officials are working on a January deal to sign Germany international Sami Khedira, according to a report.

Italian paper Corriere dello Sport  claim that a January transfer of the veteran midfielder would be a “gift” for Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian coach worked with the 33-year-old at Real Madrid and the pair combined to win the 2014 Champions League.

The two are still in contact and Khedira last month admitted to having spoken to the Everton boss.

“If the opportunity arises to move to the Premier League, that’s an option,” Khedira told ZDF (via Goal)

“There are talks and an exchange. We never lost touch after our time together at Real Madrid.”

The source claim Everton executives are set to make the signing happen in January.

Khedira has been frozen out at Juventus under Andrea Pirlo this season and the Turin club are keen to get the midfielder’s wage off the books.

His contract expires next summer, so there is a possibility of a free transfer in January. The former Stuttgart man will have to take a cut on his reported £184,000 per week deal in Turin. He is also unlikely to get a deal longer than 18 months at Goodison Park.

Allan explains Everton decision

Meanwhile, Allan has explained why he “didn’t think twice” when given the chance to reunite with Carlo Ancelotti at Everton this summer.

The Brazilian midfielder followed Ancelotti to Everton from Napoli in the summer. Allan had been a key player for the Serie A side, and is now replicating that on Merseyside.

He has started 12 of a possible 14 Premier League games since his move to Goodison Park so far. He has not contributed any goals or assists, but has had a major influence on the defensive side of Ancelotti’s midfield.

Allan sacrificed the chance to play in the Europa League with Napoli to work under Ancelotti again. They are proving to be a perfect match once again, as they have helped Everton into the top four.

Now, Allan has explained in more detail why he made the decision to join Everton in the summer.

“First of all, Everton are a big team with a great history,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“Also, with the sporting project that’s being put together here, with plans for a new stadium, Ancelotti as the coach, it’s a great thing.”

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