Everton striker Moise Kean has returned to Italian side Juventus after an unhappy time away. The 21-year-old came to Goodison Park in a £27 million move in August 2019, but has struggled for goals and regular game time since moving to Merseyside.
He was loaned out last season to Paris St Germain where he made an immediate impact surrounded by their phalanx of superstars, featuring in 41 games where he scored 17 goals with one assist, while winning the French Cup and the French Super Cup, finishing runners-up in Ligue 1 and losing in the semifinals of the Champions League.
The Italian striker has made 39 appearances for Everton - only ten of which were starts - and has found the net on just four occasions with two assists. He’s off to an inauspicious start to this season after finding the net brilliantly in the Carabao Cup win over Huddersfield Town only to see his goal chalked off to a dubious offside, and then compounded issues by reacting to a poor tackle that ended with him getting a straight red card.
In line with Juventus’ recent purchases of Federico Chiesa and Manuel Locatelli it is to be a two-year loan with a mandatory purchase at the end of that term subject to certain sporting objectives by the end of the 22/23 season (rumoured to be Champions League qualification). The club will pay a €7m loan fee, with a transfer fee of €28m plus a potential €3m in bonuses, taking the total amount somewhere close to what Everton paid for him two years ago, if not slightly more.
It had been a difficult start to life in the Premier League for Kean, who was dropped from Everton’s matchday squad by then-manager Marco Silva in the November 2019 2-1 win at Southampton for disciplinary reasons.
After Silva’s sacking, Kean then suffered the ignominy of being taken off by caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson in December’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United only 18 minutes after being substituted on himself.
He has long been linked with a move away from Goodison, with a return to Juventus having previously been mooted. Earlier this summer his name had come up as a possible replacement for former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku as he departed Inter Milan to return to Chelsea.
With the deal confirmed early on deadline day, it should hopefully free up some vital funds for Everton to spend elsewhere, with some glaring holes still evident in the squad.
The summer transfer window closes today Tuesday, August 31st at 11pm BST.