The hunt for Juventus’ No. 9 is officially over. We know that because a player who wore the No. 9 at Juventus a few years ago is wearing the No. 9 at Juventus again. That part of the summer mercato, one that was incredibly important to how Andrea Pirlo wants to construct his roster for the 2020-21 season, is a thing that is now done and complete.
But could Juventus be in the market for more in attack?
No, no, no. Not talking about Federico Chiesa here, people.
According to the Corriere Torino on Wednesday (via TuttoJuve and Vecchia Signora), Juventus and Everton are still very much talking about a possible return to Turin for a certain 20-year-old Italian striker by the name of Moise Kean. You know, the guy who we thought was destined to wear the No. 9 before he was sold to Everton and headed to the Premier League last summer. The report goes as far to state that Everton’s manager, our old buddy Carlo Ancelotti, has given the green light to the deal, one where Kean would almost certainly arrive on loan for the 2020-21 season and then there would be some kind of right of redemption to make the deal permanent — be it an option or an obligation — next summer.
Loan deal for a club with little money.
A player who has played all of 14 minutes through Everton’s first three Premier League games. (OK, so he has scored a couple of goals in Everton’s current League Cup run this season, so there is that.)
But, you look at the minutes in Premier League action and that’s looking a lot like last year when he didn’t really feature all that much even after Ancelotti took over at Everton.
With Álvaro Morata’s arrival, who really knows where Kean would fit into Andrea Pirlo’s attacking plan. We know about Cristiano Ronaldo. We know about Morata. Paulo Dybala is back healthy after missing the season opener and Dejan Kulusevski is already proving to be a player who needs to be on the field more often than not, so there’s a lot of names for two spots in the 3-4-1-2 formation even before you throw in another potential arrival in Kean.
Even then, though, bringing Kean back to Juve on a low-risk loan deal — why the hell not?
With only a few days to go before the summer transfer window that has now officially stretched into fall closes on Oct. 5 in Italy, we will get our answer sooner rather than later. But even if there’s still a little juice to this rumor of Kean coming back to Turin, there could very well be something happening before the transfer window is over until January.
One can only hope, right? Right.