Everton could force Carlo Ancelotti to make an instant U-turn over his plans for the summer market amid claims the Toffees are keen to sell Paris Saint-Germain target Moise Kean.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Goodison Park outfit have slapped a €50m (£43.5m) asking price on Kean as they look to cash in on the Italian’s successful season on loan at Le Parc des Princes.
PSG are hopeful of retaining the 21-year-old on a long-term deal, but are currently refusing to match Everton’s demands.
Les Parisiens Sporting Director Leonardo is striving to negotiate a lower fee for the transfer of Kean, who he has long sought to sign permanently after failing to secure his signature while AC Milan’s Technical Director in the winter 2018 market.
Clubs from Italy’s Serie A would be expected to present their interest in Kean’s availability only should PSG fail to reach an agreement with Everton, following rumours that Juventus will do everything they can to re-sign the forward sold in 2019.
The Toffees paid Juve an initial £25m rising to £27.5m with add-ons to sign Kean during what would be Marco Silva’s final window at the helm, while the Turin giants hold a right to be informed of any future bid after Marcel Brands refused to include a buy-back clause.
AC Milan and AS Roma have also been linked with potential moves to sign Kean in the next off-season should his future be away from Merseyside, where he is under contract on £53,000-per-week terms until 2024.
Kean’s future is bound to be one of the hot topics of the summer transfer window, with PSG and Juventus both allegedly harbouring an interest in having the striker on their books for next season should he not return to Everton.
The Toffees rarely saw the best of what Kean had in store during his year at Goodison Park, with the eight-cap international only offering two goals in 31 Premier League games, but he has rediscovered his form in France to now be valued at almost twice what the Blues paid.
That would represent very pleasant profit for the Merseysiders, who would be expected to force Ancelotti and Brands to dip into the transfer market for a replacement with Joshua King likely to be released when his contract expires in June and Cenk Tosun put up for sale.
Doing so would also see Ancelotti make an instant U-turn on his claims from last week that he has not entertained the idea of any potential attacking reinforcements this summer.
“Honestly, we didn’t have a look at the market for next season because we are in the fight for European positions,” he said, via quotes by The Guardian. “But I can tell you that it [a striker] will not be the position we are looking for.”
To now sell Kean – who Ancelotti has previously described as a “great talent” – would force the Blues boss to backtrack on his comments with King nor Tosun seemingly up to his standards, and hire someone who can push Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to reach higher levels.