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Report: Everton the most likely destination for £38.5m star who loves Carlo Ancelotti

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Report: Everton the most likely destination for £38.5m star who loves Carlo Ancelotti

A player believed to be on the radar of Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti is said to be most likely to join the Goodison Park side this summer out of all the clubs interested in him, according to Il Mattino.

Napoli winger Hirving Lozano joined the Italian giants last summer under Ancelotti’s watch following a superb campaign at PSV Eindhoven where he registered 21 goals and 12 assists.

However, the Mexico international is not getting much of a look-in under current head coach Gennaro Gattuso, mostly having to make do with cameo appearances off the bench at best.

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Italian outlet Area Napoli claimed in February that Lozano is sought after by Everton, and Goodison Park scout Carlo Jacomuzzi dropped a hint at the end of February.

“At Everton there is a general manager (Marcel Brands) who bought Lozano and brought him to PSV, they know very well what to do,” he told Area Napoli.

According to Il Mattino, Napoli wouldn’t say no to a sale, providing it’s not at too much of a loss from the reported £38.5million (Goal) they paid for him last year.

While Atletico Madrid are also believed to be interested in Lozano – indeed, they’re said to be the team most interested in him – and West Ham are also reportedly keen, Everton are seen as the “probable destination”.

 

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Lozano is a dynamic, exciting player, the kind of which Ancelotti is fond of deploying to devastating effect in his teams, and Gattuso’s penchant for link-up players means he’s simply not a match for the current Napoli coach.

The 24-year-old is thought to be in extremely high demand, with Wolverhampton Wanderers also linked with his services, according to Calciomercato.

If the report from Il Mattino is accurate, however, then Everton fans will have reason to rejoice, and given Lozano’s prior connections with Ancelotti and Brands, it’s not unrealistic in the slightest.

Lozano is also very fond of Ancelotti, telling ESPN in September last year: “I thank God and the manager. His faith (in me) helps me, it is going well. My objective is to work, to integrate well within the squad, to improve my football and to learn from more experienced players as well as Ancelotti.”

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