While we’re just as hesitant as the average football fan to take any media sources during the transfer window at their word, the sheer volume of reporting from Italian sports journalists is enough to make you believe that not only is Napoli’s Allan being linked with Everton, but that the deal is pretty much done and dusted, and just waiting to be announced. 

There’s no doubt that Everton’s spineless team could desperately use the stiffening of a tackling machine like Allan, but there have also been some concerns raised about the player’s age and likely transfer fees and wages. 

After all, the Toffees find themselves in this sticky spot with transfer funds because of frivolous summer purchases from past regimes - how can we forget the summer when Everton needed a playmaker, and then proceeded to buy three, with Wayne Rooney making a surprise return to his boyhood club, Gylfi Sigurdsson being brought in on a club record transfer fee and Davy Klaassen also being bought just for kicks. The sins of that summer are still being paid for while the Blues look to reduce a bloated squad with more players that earn fat paychecks while contributing little to the on-pitch advancement of the club than any of the top English sides, which is also why Everton were not even in the top half of the Premier League table when the 2019-20 season finally ended.

In recent weeks the Blues have been linked with three midfield players who are all on the other side of 25, and it appears to be a concerted effort from Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti to bring in proven talent who can get the job done now while setting the club up for future success. 

The secret to bringing in veterans but ensuring they don’t become millstones down the road is by spending prudently on transfer fees, but even more critically, retaining the players on reasonable wages.