Premier League: Everton signs Brazil midfielder Allan from Napoli

At Everton, the 29-year-old will be reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti, under whom he played in Napoli.

Allan scored 11 goals and grabbed 16 assists in more than 200 appearances for Napoli across all competitions.   -  AP

Everton has signed Brazil midfielder Allan from Italian side Napoli on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Saturday. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but British media reported Everton had paid a fee of around GBP 25 million pounds (USD 33 million) to Napoli for the 29-year-old.

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Allan scored 11 goals and grabbed 16 assists in more than 200 appearances for Napoli across all competitions, helping it claim the Coppa Italia last season. “It is a real pleasure to sign for Everton. I am immensely happy to be here,” Allan said in a club statement. “I hope, like I have done in my entire career, I contribute with my performances together with my team-mates and that I put in some great games, great performances and win important things.”

‘It is the size of the club and the name of the coach which means you don’t think twice about coming to Everton.’

Capped nine times by Brazil, Allan was part of the squad which won the Copa America in 2019.

At Everton, he will be reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti, having previously played under the 61-year-old for two seasons while the Italian was in charge of Napoli. “It is a club with a rich history in the Premier League, has real ambition and then there is Professor Ancelotti. He has done everything possible to bring me here,” Allan said. “It is the size of the club and the name of the coach which means you don’t think twice about coming to Everton.”

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Everton has also been linked with Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez as Ancelotti aims to strengthen the Merseyside club’s midfield ahead of the new season.

Everton finished 12th last term and begins its new Premier League campaign with a trip to Tottenham Hotspur on September 13.

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