Everton transfer news: Two Toffees deals ‘weird’ as Carlo Ancelotti warned of key task | Football | Sport
boss Carlo Ancelotti reuniting with Allan and James Rodriguez is “weird” despite the quality of the duo, believes ESPN transfer expert Gab Marcotti. He believes despite the improvement the duo, plus Abdoulaye Doucoure, will offer to the Toffees’ squad that in order to be a long-term success at Goodison Park, Ancelotti need to also get the best out of the likes of the club’s young players, such as Anthony Gordon, Tom Davies and Mason Holgate.
The Merseyside outfit are on the cusp of completing three deals in the coming days, with Brazilian midfielder Allan having been spotted in Liverpool to undergo his medical after deal worth an initial £21million was agreed with Napoli.
Colombian international Rodriguez is also poised to join from Real Madrid on a three-year contract and the 29-year-old playmaker flew into England on Friday ahead of a £22m switch.
Everton are also set to add Doucoure from relegated Watford for up to £25m with the Frenchman to sign a four-year deal to join Allan and Rodriguez in an exciting flurry of activity at the club, who finished 12th in the Premier League last term.
However, Marcotti believes it is strange that Ancelotti is once linking up with Allan, who he managed in Naples, and Rodriguez, who he brought to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on loan despite the star quality they will add to the Everton midfield.
And he says if the veteran Italian is to be a long-term success at the club, he must ensure he gets the best from the younger talents within his first-team squad.
Asked if Everton must target a top-six finish this season if they seal their three additions, Marcotti told: “I think it would necessarily have to be, because these guys aren’t coming cheap.
“I do kind of feel, as much as I love Carlo, it is kind of weird going back to players he’s worked with before like Allan and of course James Rodriguez. That generally doesn’t always sit right with me.
“Doucoure I think if he goes back to being the player he was two years ago, he can be devastating in the middle of the park.
“Obviously he can get the best out of Rodriguez. Allan might be on his way down but I think it’s a slow trajectory for him.
“When he was at his best, he was arguably or certainly one of the best central midfielders in Serie A.
“I think they’ll give you a boost but for him to work longer term at Everton, he’s got to get the best out of his young players as well.”
Quizzed further on whether Rodriguez can be a success in the Premier League, Marcotti continued: “That’s the question mark.
“If you have a guy like [Gylfi] Sigurdsson, Rodriguez in many ways has a lot of similarities.
“Rodriguez in the Premier League, he’s a guy who generally gives you his best when he’s in the hole and the team is built around him.
“Can you build a side around him in the Premier League? I think it’s a challenge.
“That said, Ancelotti is the Galactico whisperer so maybe he can make it work with James.”
With Allan, Rodriguez and Doucoure set to join Everton imminently,say Ancelotti is willing to offload several midfielders including Sigurdsson and Fabian Delph, who has been linked with a return to Leeds United.
The three-time Champions League-winning coach is also willing to wave farewell to the likes of Bernard, Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie, Sandro Ramírez and Muhamed Besic.
The Times also say Rodriguez’s contract will pay him £140,000 a week, making him the highest paid player at Everton.
Bernard and Yerry Mina are reported to be Everton’s current highest earners on around £120,000 a week.