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Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton ‘close to meeting Napoli’s £36m asking price for midfielder Allan’

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Everton are edging closer to meeting Napoli’s £36million (€40m) valuation for midfielder Allan, according to reports in Italy.

The 29-year-old has been at the Serie A outfit since 2015, but has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Gennaro Gattuso at the end of last year and has been mainly used as a substitute.

But according to Italian outfit Il Mattino, the Toffees are getting closer to offering him an escape route from the Stadio San Paolo and have offered a deal of £34m (€38m), which includes various bonuses.

Everton are edging closer to meeting Napoli's £36million valuation for midfielder Allan

Everton are edging closer to meeting Napoli’s £36million valuation for midfielder Allan

The Brazilian has had limited playing time under Gennaro Gattuso following his arrival last year

The Brazilian has had limited playing time under Gennaro Gattuso following his arrival last year

That figure has put them within touching distance of matching the £36m pricetag that Napoli have placed on the Brazilian.

However, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly keen on pushing for more of the figure to be a guaranteed cash sum and fewer performance-related bonuses involved.

A move to Everton would allow Allan to reunite with former Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, who arrived at Goodison Park after being fired by the Italian outfit in December.  

Former boss Carlo Ancelotti is offering an escape route and Everton have reportedly bid £34m

Former boss Carlo Ancelotti is offering an escape route and Everton have reportedly bid £34m

Allan – who made 33 appearances for Napoli during the 2019/20 season – had attracted plenty of interest from Everton in the January transfer window but a move failed to come to fruition.

However, reports in Italy last week insisted the 61-year-old former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss remains determined to sign Allan, with those reports suggesting a transfer fee of £22.5m was ‘feasible’.

Ancelotti is desperate to bolster his squad following another disappointing season at Goodison Park.

Everton underwhelmed once again during the 2019-20 campaign, finishing a lowly 12th in the Premier League picking up just 13 victories along the way.

But president Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen on pushing for more guaranteed cash in the deal

But president Aurelio De Laurentiis is keen on pushing for more guaranteed cash in the deal

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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tests positive for COVID-19

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Manchester City have been dealt another blow following the news midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19.

Gundogan is now the third City player who has tested positive since the start of the season, with Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte also falling ill.

His positive test means he will play no part in Monday night’s Premier League clash against Wolves, while he’ll also miss the League Cup game against Bournemouth and Thursday and meeting with Leicester City next Sunday.  

Manchester City have confirmed Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19

Manchester City have confirmed Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19

The German international must now observe a period of 10 days in self isolation before return

The German international must now observe a period of 10 days in self isolation before return

Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have also tested positive for the virus since start of season

Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have also tested positive for the virus since start of season

In a statement on Monday, City sad Gundogan would now observe a period of quarantine in line with UK government guidelines. 

‘Manchester City FC can confirm that Ilkay Gundogan has tested positive for COVID-19, read a statement on the club’s website.

‘Ilkay is now observing a 10-day period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.

‘Everyone at the Club wishes Ilkay a speedy recovery.’

The news means City boss Pep Guardiola will have to rejig his first choice midfield, meaning Phil Foden could come in as Gundogan’s replacement.

Laporte remains sidelined with COVID-19, while Sergio Aguero is also on the sidelines as he recovers from an ankle injury, though Mahrez is ready to return after completing self isolation. 

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Man Utd set to stick with Maguire and Lindelof partnership and won’t change transfer policy despite nightmare Prem start

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MANCHESTER UNITED ‘have no plans’ to sign a new centre-half despite their defensive horror-show in the 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Captain Harry Maguire was partnered by Victor Lindelof at the back, but both looked well off the pace as the Eagles romped to victory.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were run ragged by Crystal Palace at the weekend

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Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were run ragged by Crystal Palace at the weekendCredit: Getty – Pool

United reject Wilfried Zaha in particular gave Lindelof a torrid time and helped himself to two goals.

Even Maguire looked low on confidence after a tough summer that saw him arrested and charged for his part in a brawl on his holidays in Mykonos.

He has appealed the suspended sentence handed out to him by the Greek courts.



But according to The Athletic, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not planning on bringing in another centre-back in the transfer window.

That means the likes of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Axel Tuanzebe will be the back-up for the current first-choice pair.

After the miserable loss in their season opener, United gaffer Solskjaer refused to blame the lack of transfer activity on their shock defeat.

He said: “We are always looking to improve if there is something available at the right price.

“You can see we are short and they deserved the points. They were sharper than us in challenges, tackles.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly not on the lookout for another centre half

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United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly not on the lookout for another centre halfCredit: AP:Associated Press

“If you look at the players we have on the pitch and on the bench and not here we have to look within first and know we can perform better.

“It was an off day, everyone knows they can improve and we will improve.”

Even defender Luke Shaw called on the club to sign some more players after the home defeat.

Shaw said: “We are a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad.

“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”

The Red Devils are still in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, and are reportedly close to snapping up Porto left-back Alex Telles.

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Wilfried Zaha sidelined by Man Utd following rumours of affair with David Moyes’ daughter, says Patrice Evra

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WILFRIED ZAHA “disappeared” from Manchester United action after rumours of an affair with then-boss David Moyes’ daughter, his former team-mate Patrice Evra claimed.

Crystal Palace winger Zaha moved to Old Trafford in 2013 but was mysteriously sidelined following an impressive pre-season as he struggled to break into the first team.

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha made the move to Old Trafford in 2013

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Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha made the move to Old Trafford in 2013
Patrice Evra stunned TV viewers when he brought up the alleged romance

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Patrice Evra stunned TV viewers when he brought up the alleged romance

Former left-back Evra, 39, was in the United squad with Zaha and felt he never recovered following rumours of a fling with then manager Moyes‘ daughter Lauren.

He made the claim while speaking on Sky Sports ahead of Zaha taking to the pitch for the Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Man Utd.

Evra said: “All the Crystal Palace fans, they know Wilfred deserves better than Crystal Palace with all due respect. Such an electric player. 

“I remember I think, what’s real in his Manchester United career is when he had this true or untrue affair with David Moyes’ daughter. 

“Because I remember at the pre-season he was playing every day – and when that news comes out… out of the game and he disappeared. 

“But what a player.”  

After he made the comments, presenter Kelly Cates said: “We don’t know the background to that story so probably best leave that one for now.”

Zaha, 27, has always dismissed the claims as “silly gossip” and said he has never even met Moyes’ daughter.

Sky later issued a statement on Evra’s comments, it read: “We have to clarify a comment made earlier in the programme suggesting there may have been a relationship between Wilfried Zaha and David Moyes’ daughter.

“We understand that Wilfried Zaha has never met David Moyes’ daughter and that the claim made by Patrice was false. We apologise for any offence caused.”

David Moyes' daughter Lauren

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David Moyes’ daughter LaurenCredit: PA:Empics Sport
David Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson as the Manchester United manager in for 2013/14

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David Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson as the Manchester United manager in for 2013/14Credit: PA:Empics Sport

Zaha went from Palace to Man Utd for an estimated fee of around £10million for the 2013/14 season on a five and half year contract- the club’s last transfer overseen by Sir Alex Ferguson.

But after impressing over the summer, the 21-year-old played just 28 minutes in the Premier League for United and was sent out on loan to Cardiff in January.

He returned to Selhurst Park just one year after leaving, and has since remained at the club.

Speculation as to why he fell out of favour became focused on claims of a relationship between him and Lauren, who has 19 at the time.

Moyes himself was sacked from the job after just ten months despite being handpicked for the role by Ferguson.

The Red Devils endured a bruising campaign under his tenure that saw them finish seventh in the Premier League and fail to get into Europe.

Zaha has lamented his period at the club, and previously said he “didn’t really understand” why he fell from grace.

David Moyes congratulates Zaha as he leaves the pitch after a clash with Norwich

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David Moyes congratulates Zaha as he leaves the pitch after a clash with NorwichCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun

As recently as this June, the Ivory Coast international hit out at Man Utd for failing to offer him any guidance amid the speculation.

In an interview for The Locker Room, he told former team-mate Rio Ferdinand: “No one at the club at all told me anything, I didn’t know what to do whatsoever.

“I remember tweeting something about it saying ‘silly rumours’ because it was getting too much, so I had to say something myself and then I remember the club media messaging me saying ‘you shouldn’t have done that, you shouldn’t have done this’ and I’m thinking ‘you haven’t helped me.’

“I’m here by myself, struggling because people are telling me I’ve slept with the manager’s daughter and that’s why you’re not playing me.

“The funny thing is, it’s carried on for so long I felt like, is the manager not going to come and have a word with me over this?

“That’s how I felt and I’m thinking this is ridiculous man. Up to this day I still get people that think that’s true and I’ve never even met his daughter.”

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David Moyes poses with Wilfried ZahaCredit: Getty – Minimum Fee

Speaking in 2015 not long after he rejoined Palace following the tough stint at Old Trafford, Zaha said he had never even met Lauren.

He said: “The thing that really frustrated me about the whole United thing was the fact that people didn’t know what actually went on at the training ground.

“There were just a load of rumours that used to just come out somehow and people would believe them.

“It was either I slept with David Moyes’s daughter or I have got a bad attitude.

“Those are the two rumours that stuck with me until I left. I have had no say since then.”

“As soon as anybody sees me now, people think, ‘Wilfried Zaha, bad attitude’ I don’t understand why.

“It’s like playing any other team in the league now for me, I don’t feel anything about them any more.”

He claimed Moyes told him the reason he was didn’t make the first team was he “wasn’t ready for the Premier league”.

Wilfried Zaha finally opens up on rumours he slept with David Moyes’s daughter at Man United – saying club criticised him

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