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Allan Latest

Everton have lined up a €6m-per-season contract for Napoli midfielder Allan according to Cronache di Napoli and translated by Sport Witness.

The report states Everton are ‘serious’ about landing the Brazilian with the asking price now set at €40m.

It is claimed Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands are set to submit an offer of €30m to test the resolve of Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti with Allan during an SSC Napoli Training Session in Salzburg
Friends reunited?

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Leighton Baines Offered New Contract

Everton have offered Leighton Baines a new contract.

And the Blues are understood to have put a 12 month deal on the table for the 35-year-old.

Phil Kirkbride has the full story below.

Hasenhuttl Worry

Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted he is worried about losing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on a free transfer in 12 months.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder - and current Southampton captain - has been linked with a recent move to Everton.

“It’s not good for him and I don’t think the situation would be good for him,” the former RB Leipzig coach tells BBC Radio Solent.

“As a captain, you cannot lead a team without extending your contract. This is always difficult.

“I think we should avoid letting players go without a transfer fee. It’s not good to go into the last year of your contract – especially as a young player with a big future.

“This is not the ideal situation, but we have opportunities to handle it and we will have talks with other players and find a decision.”

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton is challenged by Bernard of Everton
Wanted? (Image: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Everton 'stand to lose another £15million'

Everton's home at Goodison Park

Everton stand to lose another £15million even if the Premier League season is now completed by the end of July claims Football Insider.

Their report says:

The Merseysiders are already facing massive financial hits from matches being staged behind closed doors and a dramatic loss of commercial revenue.

Analysis by Football Insider has shown that Everton would additionally lose around £15m in broadcasting rebates from the season not being completed by 16 July.

That is the original completion date in all of the Premier League’s broadcasting contracts.

It means the Premier League clubs must stump up a combined £330million even if the season is now finished, as planned, on 26 July.

That would come from a combination of money owed to home and overseas broadcasters, with around two-thirds to the UK-based trio.

Everton are not set to be as badly affected as the clubs at the top of the table, although that could change if they mount an unlikely late charge for a top-four finish.

The best-performing clubs will pay more of the rebate, as part of the broadcast fees is based on league position and TV appearances.

It would mean Liverpool repay £24.5m if they win the title, while bottom club Norwich would pay just £7.1m.

Everton would have to repay around £15m if they finish around 10th, a likely scenario given them are 12th in the Premier League table with nine matches remaining.

Everton may have to offer almost double for target

Christian Luyindama of Galatasaray (Image: ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is still interested in signing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama this summer.

So says Milliyet's Nevzat Dindar on Asist Analiz TV.

Relaying his remarks, an article in Sport Witness reads:

Dindar says Ancelotti ‘likes’ Luyindama and Everton are ready to offer €8m, as they make enquiries about the availability of the player. This is the second report in a week which has stated the Toffees are looking to sign Luyindama.

However, the Turkish report suggests Galatasaray will be looking to get at least €15m from the sale of the central defender.

Holgate on why behind closed doors matches shouldn't be issue to Everton

Mason Holgate of Everton

Mason Holgate has described why he doesn't believe playing games behind closed doors will be an issue as Everton prepare to make their Premier League return later this month.

The Blues are set to resume action with the Merseyside Derby at home to Liverpool - typically Goodison's most-vociferous fixture of the season - but the match will of course now be played without fans.

Holgate said:

“We have to get used to being behind closed doors straight away and I don’t see it being an issue.

“It is still a game of football and it is up to us to get our heads around it. Everyone has done it in their careers, you don’t play in front of big crowds until you reach the first team so it’s not something we’ve never experienced.

“Of course, it will be strange at first and we'll miss our fans but the players will be fine with it because we just want to win."

Everton 'take first steps' to signing Under

Cengiz Under of Roma with Marcelo of Real Madrid (Image: David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Roma winger Cengiz Ünder, the kind of left-footed right-sided wide man that Everton supposedly want has been linked with a move to Goodison Park for several months.

Sport Witness - citing Gazzetta dello Sport - report that the Blues "want him and they’ve now made the first steps towards trying to sign him."

The article states that Everton, along with Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig, have ‘taken information’ about the player and adds:

Roma have a clear stance when it comes to potentially selling Ünder, which is they won’t sell him ‘less than €30m’, ideally wanting to offload both him and Justin Kluivert for a combined €70m to help the club’s finances.

More free games coming up

West Brom join the race for Everton-linked Fry

Dael Fry of Middlesbrough FC competes for the ball

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to be back in the Premier League next season - they currently sit second in the Championship table occupying the final automatic promotion spot some six points clear of Fulham - and according to a report they are already eyeing up targets of existing top flight clubs.

Both Everton and Newcastle United have been linked with Middlesbrough's £20million-rated centre-back Dael Fry but Birmingham Live now report that the Baggies have joined an increasing queue for his signature that also includes Burnley, Crystal Palace and Southampton.

West Brom are of course managed by former Everton centre-back Slaven Bilic and the article says:

The young centre-half, who is a Middlesbrough lad, has played 29 games for his boyhood club this term under former centre back Jonathan Woodgate, and despite the club’s struggles in the Championship, he has impressed on an individual level.

Unsworth's England cap - 25 years on

David Unsworth of Everton

Fresh from his impressive display, keeping old warhorse Mark Hughes in his back pocket in Everton's FA Cup final victory over Manchester United, David Unsworth won his solitary England cap 25 years ago today.

'Rhino' - as he was affectionately known by Blues fans - was back at Wembley to play in the Three Lions' 2-1 win against Japan in the Umbro Cup (a warm up tournament for the following year's Euro 96 which also featured Brazil and Sweden).

Unsworth, now manager of Everton's Under-23s side, told the club's website that his call-up came as a surprise:

“I was in Magaluf with the Everton squad!

"Joe (Royle) had taken us away to celebrate the FA Cup win and I got a call on the Wednesday to say I’d been selected and that I needed to get the next available flight home.

“I trained on the Thursday and Friday at Bisham Abbey and then Terry Venables, who I loved working with, told me that I would be starting on the Saturday against Japan.

"There was me, Gary Neville, John Scales and Stan Collymore all making our England debuts.

“I have always been a very proud and patriotic Englishman and I was so proud to have represented my country.

"Yes, I was disappointed that I only won that one cap but there were more senior players around at the time, like Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Gary Pallister.”

Everton-linked Vecino offered the chance to sign for Spurs

Matias Vecino of Internazionale (Image: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Despite the player having been previously linked to Everton and Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to snap up Matias Vecino this summer claims a report.

Sports Lens say that the £18million rated Internazionale midfielder is on the market now and Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the Uruguayan.

These type of stories always amuse me.

Clubs being 'offered' players.

Like someone has gone up to Mourinho in the pub and discreetly asked if he wants to buy any Serie A footballers.

Everton v Leicester game set to be moved

A general view of Goodison Park (Image: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The FA Cup quarter-finals and semi-finals are playing havoc with the Premier League fixture calendar ahead of this week’s release reports the Daily Star.

The schedule is poised to follow the same structure as was mapped out prior to the season being suspended and the article says:

The FA Cup has already forced changes, with some big matches being moved about.

The FA Cup quarter-finals of Newcastle vs Manchester City, Sheffield United vs Arsenal, Leicester vs Chelsea and Norwich vs Manchester United are on the weekend of June 27-28, and the semi-finals are on July 18-19.

Bournemouth vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Norwich, Brighton vs United, Everton vs Leicester and Sheffield United vs Tottenham will be moved to midweek along with Manchester City vs Liverpool and the London derby between relegation battlers West Ham and Champions League-chasing Chelsea.

The full provisional fixture list is set to be debated at Thursday’s meeting where clubs will get a chance to express any disapproval.

Everton-linked Longstaff set to quit the Premier League

Matty Longstaff strikes the ball during the Newcastle United Training session at the Newcastle United Training Centre on March 02, 2020. (Image: Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Last month Everton were linked with a surprise move for Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff but a fresh report claims he may soon be quitting the Premier League.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who has netted three goals in nine outings for the Magpies this term, has reached an impasse over a new deal at St James' Park and the Blues were named as one of several clubs ready to pounce to land the promising youngster for a modest fee.

However, it now looks like Longstaff could be moving abroad.

The Times writes:

Longstaff, 20, scored on his Premier League debut for the club against Manchester United in a 1-0 victory in October and is still on the first professional terms he signed in July 2018. That contract is worth about £800 per week and runs out at the end of this month.

Udinese are front runners to sign the midfielder. The Italian side are believed to have offered a five-year deal on better terms than Newcastle were prepared to give and have plotted a career development plan they believe will help the player become a full international.

Longstaff, whose brother Sean also plays for Newcastle, had been keen to agree a new deal. Talks began last year but there has been no improved offer in 2020.

Many of Newcastle’s staff have been furloughed during the coronavirus lockdown and the club is embroiled in a protracted £300 million takeover, led by the financier Amanda Staveley and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Rabiot deal could cost Everton €60million

Adrien Rabiot during a Juventus training session (Image: Daniele Badolato - Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

Even though he moved from Paris St Germain to Juventus on a Bosman-style free transfer last summer, Adrien Rabiot could cost Everton at least €60million (£53.43m) claims a report.

Sport Witness cite Tuttomercatoweb as saying that Everton and Manchester United are ‘possible destinations’ for the midfielder, although the finances involved make a deal difficult.

The article says:

First, there is Rabiot’s wages. He current earns €7m per year mínimum at Juve, while bonuses can take that up to €11m and he would ‘hardly accept wage reductions’ if his past is anything to go by.

Then there’s Juventus’ asking price. They want to make a big profit on Rabiot and have a mínimum €30m fee in mind, meaning any suitors would have to invest at least €60-70m to secure his signature.

That’s a high price for any club to pay, particularly in the current climate where finances have been decimated as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Roma identify Kean transfer alternative - reports

Roma have reportedly identified an alternative target should their fail to sign Everton striker Moise Kean.

The Serie A outfit have been linked with a move for the Blues forward, who has not quite settled in since his move from Juventus last summer.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma have placed Chelsea forward Pedro on their shortlist as a potential transfer target.

The report adds that Pedro would be an alternative signing should a move to bring Kean back to Italy fall short.

Moise Kean during an Everton training session at Finch Farm
(Image: Everton FC via Getty Images)

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