Friday involved a reunion that involved a player leaving Juventus for a former club.
Just a few hours later and as noon passes in Italy, it looks as though we’ve got another return to talk about — but this time it involves a former golden boy coming back to Turin.
According to reports from Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio and Romeo Agresti of Goal Italia, Juventus and Everton have agreed to a deal that will see Moise Kean. The young Italian striker, who left Juventus in the summer of 2019, will return to Turin on a season-long loan deal with, according to reports, the option to buy that could turn into an obligation to buy if certain sporting achievements are met. A fee of around €20 million is what the price to make Kean’s loan deal permanent next summer, according to Sky Italia’s Fabrizio Romano after saying the deal has reached “here we go” status.
Di Marzio has reported that Kean will head to Italy later in the day Saturday and will undergo his medical exams on Sunday at J Medical, with the deal likely to be announced Monday.
Well, now we have a pretty good idea what Mino Raiola was talking about with Juve’s management when he made his way to the club’s Turin offices at Continassa earlier in the week. (Might I also suggest a 10-year contract extension for Matthijs de Ligt? Just a thought.)
Kean, who will turn 22 years old in February, has certainly had an eventful two years with Everton since moving Merseyside in the summer of 2019. He arrived with high hopes but rarely featured during his first season with Everton. Kean then spent last season on loan with Paris Saint-Germain, but return to Paris was never a guarantee since his deal was strictly a dry loan for the 2020-21 campaign. He had a solid season with PSG, scoring 13 goals in 26 league games on a team that has a star-studded attack.
But with his return to home base, a move away from Everton has always seemed in the cards. And with Juventus in the hunt for a striker — especially after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure back to Manchester United — Kean quickly emerged as the Bianconeri’s top choice with so few days left in the summer transfer window.
After two years with a club that spent a good amount of money on him and then subsequently barely played him, Kean now moves back to a club he knows quite well and gets to work with a manager who gave him his senior level debut. We might not know where Kean fits into the puzzle since Juve’s attack is quite a crowded one, but one has to imagine that being back in Turin is going to (hopefully) result in a player who is hungry to fulfill his big-time potential.