Ever so often you hear a transfer rumour that is so outrageous that you question the sheer sanity of it all. Of course, after seeing what Marcel Brands was capable of last summer, Everton fans have to believe that the Blues can get any player that Marco Silva and Brands have their hearts set on.
To that end, some non-mainstream Italian media outlets (eg Calciomercato24, Gianluca DiMarzio, TuttoJuve) are claiming that Everton have approached eight-times-in-a-row Scudetto champions Juventus over a move for their teenage striker Moise Kean.
Right off the bat, there is no way Juve are about to sell outright the best pure striker Italy has produced since Pippo Inzaghi. A loan possibly, but not selling him for sure.
The 19-year-old plundered 7 goals in just 17 games as Juve romped to yet another Serie A title last season, and has outgrown the Italy youth teams and has three senior caps where he’s already scored twice.
Kean’s 1.0 goals per 90min leads all players in Serie A, including his more accomplished teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Fabio Quagliarella, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek and Dries Mertens among others.
The youngster was in the headlines last season after facing racist abuse from the stands in Cagliari, and a number of footballers have spoken out after facing similar chants and harassment from the stands in Italy.
Apparently the contact was made when the Bianconeri Sporting Director was in London recently, presumably to sort out the exit of Maurizio Sarri from Chelsea to Juve to replace Massimiliano Allegri.
Interestingly, Kean is represented by super-agent Mino Raiola, who is a close associate of Farhad Moshiri’s and knows the Blues Board very well thanks to previous dealings with the club, including Romelu Lukaku. The agent is supposedly under a suspended ban after he appealed, and is supposedly not allowed to make any deals in Italy.
If Moshiri could get some leverage on Raiola to send the youngster to the Blues for next season, that would certainly be a win-win situation with Juve getting their prolific young striker valuable minutes on a competitive team in the Premier League, while Everton could leverage his goals much like they did Lukaku’s when he joined on loan from Chelsea a few seasons ago.