Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi has addressed speculation linking the Toffees with Napoli duo Allan and Hirving Lozano, in conversation with Calcio Napoli 24 TV.
Both players were heavily linked with a reunion with their former manager Carlo Ancelotti, now head coach at Goodison Park.
Tuttomercatoweb claim that Ancelotti called Brazilian midfielder Allan in January about a potential switch to Everton from the Stadio San Paolo.
Meanwhile, Area Napoli claimed earlier this month that Everton are also interested in Mexican winger Hirving Lozano, a played Ancelotti signed at Napoli, and Marcel Brands signed at PSV Eindhoven.
Although Jacomuzzi remained coy over the two players, he did praise Allan as a “driving force” in the Napoli side thanks to his great presence, before claiming that Lozano may need some more time to adapt to Italian football.
“Lozano and Allan at Everton? I don’t know, you have to ask the manager,” Jacomuzzi told Calcio Napoli 24 TV. “It will be Ancelotti with the director to plan the next market; we work to bring news about the players. I have nothing to teach these gentlemen; they know how to work in the market.
“Allan is a player of great presence and quality. Even in the group it seems to me he has always been a driving force. Lozano takes time like all things, give him time to understand Italian football and the habits of our country. Then he will demonstrate the qualities he has shown in Holland.”
Everton were quiet in the January transfer window, with no first-team arrivals and just one signing in the shape of Carlisle United defender Jarrad Branthwaite for the future.
The Toffees will likely be in the market for senior reinforcements in the summer, and with the midfield one of the areas in need of bolstering, Allan and Lozano make sense as potential signings.
With close to 400 professional appearances under his belt, the 29-year-old central midfielder would bring experience to the midfield, while his 24-year-old teammate is an exciting and talented proposition, as shown by his 39 Mexico caps and 10 goals for El Tri.