Everton are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window, with The Athletic claiming that Ancelotti wants to sign a new midfielder, while Marcel Brands himself mentioned the club’s lack of depth at right wing.
However, Ancelotti could also eye a replacement for Sigurdsson, who has suffered a torrid time on Merseyside in recent months, and the Italian has reportedly found an exciting replacement for the Iceland international.
According to Corriere della Sera, Ancelotti is keen on signing Lazio playmaker Luis Alberto, who has prospered in Serie A this season.
Having missed just one game in the league this season, former Liverpool midfielder Alberto has scored just four times, although he has 13 assists to his name. Meanwhile, Sigurdsson has scored once and assisted just twice in the same amount of games, 25.
The one-time Spain international, described by ESPN as being “one of the best attackers in the world” and having turned in “Messi-like performances” for Lazio this season, would certainly add a creative edge that is currently missing at Goodison Park.
Talking specifically about both Alberto and Sigurdsson’s statistics, it is clear to see who makes their presence count more on the pitch. Alberto averages three key passes per game, while his average pass count is at 59. Sigurdsson meanwhile makes 1.8 key passes per game, from his overall passing average of 28.6.
Sigurdsson, admittedly, gets into more shooting positions, averaging 1.5 shots per game compared to 1.3 shots per game from Alberto. However, the Spaniard has more key dribbles per game, averaging 2.1 to Sigurdsson’s disappointing 0.6.
With Sigurdsson having struggled to make an impact this season, having constantly found himself on the receiving end of fan criticism, Alberto could be a clear upgrade on the former Tottenham man.