Allan turned up at the Dimaro training camp in the early hours of Tuesday morning ahead of a medical that finally confirmed his long-awaited switch.
Napoli pair Miguel Britos and Duvan Zapata will head in the opposite direction as part of the deal, with Britos expected to move on immediately to fellow Pozzo-family owned club Watford in the English Premier League.
Zapata, meanwhile, will begin a two-year loan with the Zebrette, as he seeks regular playing time following a season largely spent coming off the bench.
Securing the signature of the 24-year-old Brazilian is a real coup for the Partenopei, especially considering the reported interest from other top clubs including Chelsea. He also holds the potential to achieve significant sell-on value, should his development continue apace.
The diminutive operator produced a series of excellent displays for the Zebrette throughout last term, as stand-out performances against the likes of Juventus and Inter in the second half of the campaign showcased his abundant talent.
Almost certainly an upgrade on the departed Walter Gargano, Allan’s statistics also appear favourable in relation to the number of assists, key passes, tackles won and successful take-ons completed during 2014-15 when compared with Spaniard David Lopez, who will be a direct competitor for a spot in the side.
Coach Maurizio Sarri usually employed a 4-3-1-2 formation with Empoli, but has been alternating between that set-up and a 4-3-3 in his pre-season preparations thus far.
Rio-born Allan is likely to fulfil a role on the right-hand side of midfield in either case, alongside another exciting recruit Mirko Valdifiori on his inside, who may well find himself freed up to break into the final third on regular intervals thanks to the former Vasco da Gama star’s tigerish style.
Sarri’s burgeoning options in the middle of the park affords an increased dynamism after those two additions, while competition for places will be fiercely contested in that area of the field, which can only be good news for the overall squad.
Captain Marek Hamsik and winger Dries Mertens have remarked that they’re being worked harder than ever before – both technically and physically – by the new boss in Dimaro, which bodes well for the energetic tempo which will be introduced next season.
Allan and Valdifiori fit that tactical blueprint perfectly, and both players also represent the level of quality needed in order to ensure Napoli’s success for the foreseeable future, yet it’s only the very beginning of a rebuilding project that’s just kicking into action.
Many more of their ilk will be required by the Azzurri before the campaign gets underway in August, but they will hope their latest transfer breakthrough heralds a flurry of activity over the next few weeks.
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