According to many news outlets around the world, including Sky Sports, Everton have agreed an initial fee of around £27.5million with Juventus to sign highly-rated striker Moise Kean. Reportedly the deal could reach £36,5million with add-ons. The 19-year-old could have a medical on Wednesday, as personal terms have already been agreed with the Merseyside club.
It is unclear if the deal contains a buy-back clause, as there are differing reports regarding any buy-back fee or first refusal. Whatever the details, this looks like a fine coup for the Toffees.
Poor forward options
Everton were crying out for a striker last season. In the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison and even full-back Lucas Digne they create plenty of chances. However, the current strikers are simply not up to the task of playing for a team with top-six ambitions.
England youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin ended the season as the first-choice striker. However, the youngster does not look like a natural goalscorer. He has many other attributes, such as his hold up play, but his finishing is poor for a Premier League striker.
No doubt he will become a better finisher with time as he is still only 22. There question marks over his ability to become a truly top striker though.
The alternatives are Turkish international Cenk Tosun, who is a decent finisher. However, he does not seem to fit into boss Marco Silva’s style of play. The 27-year-old has been linked with a switch to Crystal Palace as part of a deal for Wilfried Zaha.
Then there is Senegalese star Oumar Niasse. The former Lokomotiv Moscow star tries hard but simply lacks the quality to score on a regular basis in the Premier League.
Exciting young forward
Kean is one of the most exciting young forwards in the European game. However, he is itching to play football and his path to regular first-team football is blocked by one of the greats of the world game Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin.
A move to Everton, who are an ambitious Premier League club is no doubt a good one for the youngster, who scored six times last season for the Italian champions in just 13 Serie A appearances.
The teenager has already made a scoring start for his national team too, scoring twice in three appearances for the Azzurrini. His finishing and dribbling ability make him a player that will get the Evertonian’s on their feet. The Toffees fans love a good centre forward and Kean has the potential to become a very centre forward in the future.
Everton look to strengthen for top-six bid
Everton do not look finished in the transfer market this summer. It now looks as though a deal to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is dead in the water. However, there could still be time to revive.
Reportedly, though, they could turn their attention to Barcelona’s Brazilian winger Malcom, who looked set for a switch to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. The youngster has a history of changing his mind at the last minute on deals, so could still end up on Merseyside.
They are also expected to pursue a deal for a right-back and a centre-back. How many deals are completed before next Thursday’s deadline remains to be seen. The arrivals will have a big effect on where the Toffees finish next season.
At the minute, Everton are odds of 7/2 to clinch a top-six finish next season. If the Toffees bring in more quality reinforcements, then they will certainly be a danger to the top-six.
Whoever arrives at Everton in the next week or so, Kean could well prove to be the best signing of them all, for a price that is truly a steal in today’s crazy transfer market.
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