The situation of Napoli striker Arkadisuz Milik presents a unique opportunity for Marcel Brands to command an Everton transfer masterclass in Carlo Ancelotti’s favour.

Analysis from the Liverpool Echo has identified the striker as a viable alternative to Cenk Tosun, and Milik has been linked with a switch to Goodison Park.

The 26-year-old Poland international is out of contract this summer and has been excluded from Napoli’s domestic and European squads, precluding him from featuring in any matches for his club.

It should therefore come as no surprise that Napoli want to show him the exit door, whilst the player is also keen to leave. That, combined with his contract status, opens the door for a potential free transfer in the summer.

He featured under Ancelotti at Napoli before the Italian tactician was sacked by the Azzurri and should therefore be familiar with the Italian’s methods and tactics.

Noted as being available in a cut-price deal as Napoli look not to miss out on a cash sum, he looks to be both a natural and affordable option to replace Tosun if the Turkish striker is dispatched elsewhere in January.

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Everton hold a natural advantage in trying to win the race for Milik, given Ancelotti’s presence at Goodison Park, but is he any good?

The answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

Since joining from Ajax, Milik hasn’t exactly struggled to find the back of the net. He has managed 48 goals for his current club, illustrating that he is a prolific and accomplished striker with top-level European experience.

Moreover, he is tall, physical and quick, resulting in comparisons with Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp. In that regard, he is a natural competitor to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and could fit well into Ancelotti’s plans.