Newcastle United are attempting to land Brazilian midfielder Allan according to reports on Tuesday morning.
The defensive midfielder currently plays for Napoli and the Serie A outfit signed him only weeks after Rafa Benitez left the Italian club.
Whether Rafa played any part in identifying the signing before his departure but Allan wasn’t exactly an unknown.
After the season he had for Udinese in 2014/15 he had attracted interest from a host of top clubs before committing to Napoli. He was top of the stats that season when it came to being the best ball winner in all five of the top European leagues.
Now 26, the midfielder started 32 Serie A matches in his first (2015/16) season for Napoli but only 19 of the 38 league games last (2016/17) season.
The reports claim that Napoli are willing to sell for £10m, with the player allegedly surplus to requirements.
The Italian club have qualified for the Champions League after finishing third last season in the league and are trying to bring in new players, with central midfielder Marko Rog already purchased from Dinano Zagreb.
Despite being known as a defensive midfielder, Allan has at the same time got a decent reputation for his dribbling and long range passing.
He will a player that Rafa Benitez will surely know all about but as with all transfer stories you have to be sceptical, especially with The Sun appearing to be the original source for the story, their latest claims at the weekend were that Newcastle were going to buy Sheyi Ojo for £10m and Sam Clucas for £4m.
Southampton and West Brom are also reported to be interested.
Last season, Allan scored one goal and grabbed five assists, whilst the year before with more pitch time, he scored three Serie A goals and got five assists.
The midfielder has played at youth level for Brazil but never for the senior team.