Allan previously wore the #3 shirt for the two seasons he was on loan at Udinese from Granada, and switched to #6 after the Italian side purchased him outright in 2014-15. At Napoli he wore the #5 jersey for the five seasons he was there.
The 29-year-old from Brazil will be joining his countrymen Richarlison and Bernard at the Blues, along with fellow Portuguese-speakers Andre Gomes and Joao Virginia. After joining the Toffees, Allan said he was going to “fight for every ball” for the Toffees.
“A strong part of my game is marking and the desire to go in to win absolutely every ball.
“That is definitely a differential in my game and I believe with my desire I can put in really good performances to win over the fans.
“I hope to win great things here at Everton, win some trophies, so there will be a tremendous amount of dedication from me.
“In the life of a footballer, it is about winning trophies.
“Without a doubt, with the project going on here, we could and should win something and get a place in the European competitions, which would be very important.
“I’ve been very competitive since I was a child; always wanted to win.
“Everything we do in midfield and defence – winning a 50/50, winning a tackle or a one-on-one, clearing the ball – a lot of the time it’s like scoring goal.
“In the game, sometimes these things are very important.
“At times it all seems so natural but a tackle, winning a one-on-one, clearing a ball, if it’s quite a tight game we celebrate as if it’s a goal.
“That’s about dedication and giving everything on the pitch.”
The #6 shirt at Everton was last worn by former captain Phil Jagielka, who left for Sheffield United last summer.
Other prominent players to have worn the number for the Blues are -
- Mikel Arteta
- David Unsworth
- Gary Ablett
- Peter Reid