The Italian media has never been a wholly reliable source of transfer information but they have appeared to be spot on recently especially around Serie A players. 

Allan to Everton has become a bit of a tired narrative ever since Carlo Ancelotti took over at the Toffees and discovered how awful the midfield was. 

Meanwhile, we’ve watched as two targets that the Blues have been linked heavily with go to ‘top six’ Premier League sides - midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg chose Tottenham Hotspur over Goodison Park, and now it appears defender Gabriel Magalhaes wants to join Arsenal despite the Toffees having an agreement with him and Lille since early this year. 

Now two separate Italian journos are claiming that Allan Marques Loureiro’s long-awaited transfer to Everton will indeed happen in the next few days.

Previous unsubstantiated rumours have claimed that the sticking point between the two clubs has been the transfer fee in the region of €25 to €30 million (£22.6 to 27.2m), which from an Everton perspective should be questioned considering that the midfielder is 29 years old and is in current manager Gennaro Gattuso’s doghouse. 

Even the casual football fan would be horrified were he/she to cast their gaze on Everton’s wage bill, especially when you look at the number of ageing players on it who were signed to transfer fees they would never live up to, and now still wear the royal blue or grace the bench, unable to be moved on because of their Sword of Damocles contracts signed by previous regimes.