Everton are on the lookout for a world-class striker and have been linked with a number of players in the last few months.
Of those named, one of the most surprising was that of Juventus forward Moise Kean. The teenager is one of the hottest young properties around and has already been making a name for himself in the last couple of years. It was a bit of a shock to hear Everton linked with the player, but at the same time this is Marcel Brands’ brave new world and it does appear no names are off the table if the Director of Football and Marco Silva decide they want a footballer.
With the amount of potential Kean has, it was always very unlikely that Juve were going to let him leave the club, not without a huge pricetag and certainly not without some sort of conditions attached to the sale, including a discounted buyback as well as a sell-on percentage too.
Now it looks like though that Everton have made an exploratory offer of €30 million, and the Bianconeri have rejected it. Note, they haven’t said he’s not for sale, just turned down the bid.
The journalist quoted is a writer for La Gazzetta dello Sport, which is one of Italy’s biggest football dailies, but at the same time not a 100% reliable either.
Interestingly, a loan has not been mentioned, but much like the Blues did with Romelu Lukaku, they would be happy to take Kean off Juve’s hands for a season or two while the Italian giants work out what they want to do with the position.
As for how Kean would fit in Silva’s system, he’s multi-talented and can play across the front line, which seems to be a requirement for being a forward at Everton. In 24 appearances across all competitions last season for Juventus, Italy youth and the Italy senior side, he struck 13 times. The goals have come from everywhere, he is not hesitant to shoot no matter where on the pitch he is.
Kean is by no means a finished product, and at 19 still has some growing to do. Spanish football analyst Guillem Balague summarized it best.
”Kean has got the ability to run into space and doesn’t like to touch the ball that much.
“He has got a lot of strength and pace in the first 15 metres. He finishes very well but in small spaces doesn’t feel comfortable and makes mistakes.”
At Everton, he would be equally well-suited playing out wide where he can run into space on the right like Richarlison does, but can also use his pace and power in the middle where Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison have struggled against bigger centrehalves.