As much as there needs to be an overhaul of Juventus’ midfield come this summer, the same could be done out of necessity with the club’s attack. As we know, Paulo Dybala’s future is anything but certain. Same goes, suddenly, for Alvaro Morata as his loan deal could end after the season with Juve not picking up the option for the second year. And then there’s the biggest elephant in the room of them all, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s
Basically, it’s looking more and more like there will be at least one new name added to the forward line this summer.
And that new name might be an old name.
According to Fabiana Della Valle of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus have made initial contacts with Everton over a possible return of former Juve youth team starlet Moise Kean. Of course, any potential Kean deal is not simple because he’s rumored to have a market value that’s approaching double of what Juve sold him for two years ago. And there’s a fact that Kean’s current club where he’s on loan for the 2020-21 season, Paris Saint-Germain, would like to keep him around after his dry loan ends in a couple of months.
Kean’s reported price tag, according to La Gazzetta’s report, is upward of €50 million.
Rumors of a Kean return to Juventus have gained momentum after the young Italian striker spoke about his future at PSG following the French champions’ advancement onto the Champions League semifinals earlier this week. It was anything that sounded like a player who knows where he will be playing come the start of next season.
“I don’t know. I enjoy this beautiful moment. Now, we are in the semi-finals. Eventually I have to work out my future, but right now I focus on what happens here.
“What my future will be, I don’t know yet.”
(Source: Football Italia)
Now, obviously with what Juventus’ finances look like, a straight sale doesn’t seem possible at all. That is why La Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that somebody like Merih Demiral — a player who has been rumored to be of interest to a handful of Premier League teams over the last two summer transfer windows — could be included in the deal to help offset some of Kean’s likely heavy transfer fee. (There’s also been talk of potentially selling either Adrien Rabiot or Aaron Ramsey to Everton, but not necessarily connecting the dots to a potential deal for Kean.)
No matter what, though, Juventus pursuing Kean would be quite the turnaround from a situation that we were in two years ago when they were selling him to generate some income the same summer that they signed Ronaldo. Kean’s season with Everton was a brutal one where he struggled for any kind of consistent playing time. Now with PSG, Kean has looked more like the player he was starting to show he was during his final couple of months with Juventus.
Kean is the kind of young Italian talent that we’ve seen Juventus build around before. But the thing is, if Everton actually do decide to part ways with him, would the financial part of the equation actually be possible? That seems like a question we’ll be asking ourselves a lot this summer, and probably a good number of times well before the summer transfer window actually opens up in a few months.