Carlo Ancelotti ‘could convince’ Everton to launch a bid for Napoli ace Hirving Lozano in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Italy.
Lozano, 24, completed a £35m move to Napoli back in the summer having scored 21 goals in 40 appearances for PSV Eindhoven last season.
He has struggled to replicate that solid goalscoring form in Italy, nevertheless, finding the back of the net just three times in 22 appearances for the Serie A outfit so far.
And Tuttomercatoweb claim Lozano is likely to leave the San Paolo Stadium at the end of the campaign.
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Napoli are prepared to cut their losses on the Mexican if he fails to show signs of improvement, with Everton being touted as a potential destination for him.
Toffees boss Ancelotti worked with Lozano for almost three months before he was dismissed by Napoli at the start of December.
According to journalist Niccolo Ceccarini, the 60-year-old could persuade Everton chiefs to bring ‘Chucky’ to Goodison Park this summer.
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“Lozano’s farewell is very likely in June,” he wrote in his column for Tuttomercatoweb.
“The Mexican tip is not finding his place, and he was a 40 million euro investment. Ancelotti could convince Everton to buy him outright.”
Ancelotti and co are gearing up for a tough test away at Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
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They will arrive at the Emirates in a rich vein of form, having taken 11 points from their last five league outings.
And the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager has urged his team to believe they can come away with three points.
“You have to change the mentality, of course,” he said.
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“You have to give to the players the idea and the confidence that we can do it, that we can win. Of course, we have prepared for the game to try and win.
“It will be difficult, that’s normal, because Arsenal are much better at this moment. But we have worked with the idea of winning.”
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Everton have not picked up a win on the road against one of the Premier League’s so-called Big Six in an astonishing 37 matches – which stretch across six years.
Ancelotti joked the record makes him want to cry, saying: “So not one victory? Wow! I’m going to cry! It’s time to win then!”
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