While the day began on a downer with the news of Idrissa Gueye’s departure, things have taken an upturn with reports Everton have agreed a deal with Juventus for Moise Kean.
Numerous Italian reporters have tweeted to say the move is a “done deal” with the Italy international now due to fly to England for a medical.
A deal could now be announced as soon as Wednesday.
Moise Kean to Everton, here we go! Total agreement reached with Juventus, last details will be completed on next hours. The striker will fly to UK tomorrow to undergo his medicals and sign the contract. #transfers #Everton #Juve— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 30, 2019
#Kean from @juventusfc to @Everton, deal done: tomorrow possibile medicals @SkySportsPL @SkySportsNews— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 30, 2019
#Kean to #Everton is a done deal! @goal— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) July 30, 2019
Negotiations between the clubs are believed to have been taking place for some time, with Juve demanding around €40M (about £36M) for the 19-year-old.
Ajax and Borussia Dortmund were also believed to be interested in Kean, but Everton appear to have won the race.
The main sticking point appeared to be the Italian side’s demand for a buy-back clause, which Everton were understandably reluctant to include as it would effectively turn the deal into a glorified loan with all the risk on Everton’s side.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says a compromise has been reached with Everton agreeing for Juventus to have first refusal should the Toffees ever choose to sell the striker, a much more palatable deal from Everton’s point of view.
The deal will end Everton’s two-year hunt for a striker to truly replace Romelu Lukaku. Kean may be young and raw, but he also has bags of talent and potential.
It seems he was worth the wait.