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Reports: Juventus intend to keep Moise Kean around this summer after all

Kean hasn’t returned from his summer vacation yet, but maybe he won’t have to go house hunting when he gets back to Turin.

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As we’ve sat through this latest wave of rumors involving Moise Kean’s next club, everything has linked him with a move away from Turin. We figured his next club would be somewhere else, with the assumption that some kind of deal — dry loan, loan with option to buy, sale with some kind of buyback option — was bound to happen before the summer transfer window in Italy came a close this month.

We just never considered that Kean’s current club could be the one he lined up for next.

However, according to reports from Sport Mediaset and SportItalia, keeping Kean in Turin until at least the January transfer window is now a legitimate option. No loan move for the 18-year-old starlet. Instead, the opportunity to not only provide Juventus a little more depth in attack, but also the chance to train alongside — and most certainly learn a whole heck of a lot from — Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and the rest of Juve’s talented group of forwards.

And just for added measure, if he so pleases, the No. 9 jersey is currently available now that Gonzalo Higuain has moved on to Milan following the swap deal that saw Leonardo Bonucci return to Juventus.

If Kean does in fact end up staying with Juventus for at least the first half of the season, it would be a pretty drastic change from what we’ve been hearing about for weeks now. That means the supposed interest from Italian clubs like Parma and Udinese as well as European sides Borussia Dortmund, NIce and Monaco among others has either been total hogwash or Juventus just weren’t enticed enough to let Kean depart the club.

As much as we want him to play because an 18-year-old talent like Kean’s don’t exactly come through Juventus’ academy all the time, it’s not like training alongside Ronaldo and the like is exactly a bad alternative. At the very least, Kean could be an option off the bench when Juventus’ schedule picks up following the first international break in September and there’s those three-games-in-eight-days kind of runs.