Aside from all the other things that Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands and manager Carlo Ancelotti have to think about, one of the biggest decisions they will have to make this coming summer is what to do with Moise Kean.
The Italian youngster has been tearing it up at Paris St Germain recently, scoring seven times in twelve games as his form has belied the struggles he’s had at Everton over the past season.
Everton find themselves in an enviable position right now with two young strikers who are both in fine fettle - Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the top scorer in the Premier League and is basically irreplaceable right now, and when Kean’s loan at PSG ends he will be looking for consistent playing time as well.
Kean has found success this season either as the focal point of a strikeforce, or else as paired up with another forward in a two-up formation. He is not going to get into the Everton starting lineup in either of those positions unless Ancelotti returns to a 4-4-2 and finds a way to get Calvert-Lewin, Kean, Richarlison and James Rodriguez all on the pitch at the same time without sacrificing defensive solidity.
Meanwhile, and take this with the generous pinch of salt required with all transfer gossip especially from the Italian media, Calciomercato are reporting that Juventus could be interested in coming back for Kean, who they sold to Everton in the summer of 2019 as they tried to balance their books.
There is no buyout clause in Kean’s loan deal in Paris, and while their manager Thomas Tuchel has made all the right noises about the young striker, he’s not come out outright and said that he will be looking to try to purchase the player outright next summer. Andrea Pirlo meanwhile at Juventus has already seen Alvaro Morata firing on all cylinders and returning to form, but has also muddled through using a combination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala when he has not had the Spaniard available. Having a forward of Kean’s calibre would certainly be of interest to him.
Then there’s Everton, who have not said that there is no return to Finch Farm in Kean’s future. While Brands is yet to confirm his own plans when his three-year term comes to an end in 2021, where Everton finish in the final standings this season will play a big part in deciding how big a squad to go into the 2021-22 campaign with.
Finally, it will likely all come down to the player and his notorious agent Mino Raiola. Should the player decide that the bright lights of Paris are what he likes most, then even a return to Turin might not be attractive enough let alone coming back to Merseyside.