Everton has received a double boost in their daring moves for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez and Napoli’s Allan.
Rodriguez was absent from Real’s return to practice yesterday as he nears his £ 31m move to Everton.
And Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Allan’s £ 25m move to Goodison Park should be announced soon.
Rodriguez went missing when Zinedine Zidane’s squad gathered at their Valdebebas training headquarters yesterday to be tested for the coronavirus and begin preparations for the new season.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti managed the Colombian striker at Real and during his first loan at Bayern Munich and persuaded him to move to Merseyside on a phone call last week.
The Blues finalize the terms of his move with Real and the personal terms with the player’s camp.
Rodriguez, 29, who starred in the 2014 World Cup, believes he can relaunch his Premier League career with Everton after a difficult time at the Bernabeu. Last season he only scored once in 14 games.
Ancelotti will also be reunited with Allan at Goodison and worked with the Brazilian midfielder for 18 months before being sacked last December.
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De Laurentiis, who previously said Everton would not breach Napoli’s “impenetrable armor” to sign Allan, claims the club have said goodbye to the South American.
“We are with the last regards,” he told the local radio. “Allan’s going to Everton. The deal will be announced soon. “
29-year-old Allan, who plays nine international matches, moved from Udinese to Napoli in 2015, helping them qualify for the Champions League and win the Coppa Italia last season.
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