According to a report from Area Napoli, West Ham are interested in signing Napoli midfielder Allan, but they are trailing Everton in the race for the Brazilian’s signature, with Carlo Ancelotti allegedly preparing a £27m offer for the tenacious tackler.
Hammers boss David Moyes will want to beef up his midfield options at the London Stadium this summer. And the same can be said of Ancelotti at Goodison Park.
The problem for West Ham, however, is that funds are tight in east London. The same cannot be said of Everton, with another big spending summer expected on Merseyside.
And Area Napoli claims that the Toffees are readying a €30 million (£27 million) offer for Napoli ace Allan, with West Ham closely monitoring developments. The Serie A side want €35 million (£31.6 million) for the 29-year-old Brazilian, however.
That seems like decent value for a player once valued at a mammoth £90 million (Goal).
The South American ace has been described as a box-to-box midfielder by Brazil manager Tite, as quoted by goal:
“Allan is good in transition, going box to box, leading counterattacks and breaks. He’s mobile and brings protection defensively.”
In 23 Serie A outings for Napoli last season, Allan racked up two goals and one assist. In those 23 appearances, the eight-capped Brazil international averaged 2.2 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 1.6 dribbles per game. He also averaged 35.2 passes per game with an impressive completion rate of 87.4% (Who Scored).
The Napoli ace is a very good, well-experienced player. But at 29, it could be argued that £31.6 million is a lot of money for him.
Perhaps somewhere in the region of £20-25 million would represent better value for either West Ham or Everton.
As things stand, however, it seems like there is only one club capable of spending that kind of cash out of the two mentioned. And it is certainly not the Hammers.