Reports by Tutto Juve over the weekend claimed that Juventus are willing to offer Everton the chance to sign Douglas Costa in a swap deal for Moise Kean, which could see Carlo Ancelotti solve his “impossible” Richarlison task.
Kean is thought to be lined up for a sensational return to the Allianz Stadium just two years after leaving the Serie A side for Goodison Park, amid doubts about Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-term future in Turin.
The Portuguese icon and Juventus are both yet to decide on whether they will continue together into the 2021/22 season, or if they’ll call time on their expensive partnership at the end of the current campaign.
Ronaldo staying would likely force Juventus into selling Paulo Dybala to avoid losing the Argentine for free in 2022, and if that’s the case, they could look to sign Kean as the Italian giants know that a deal for Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland would be too expensive for them.
Everton would be expected to value Kean at €40m (£34.5m) after his turn of form during a season on loan with Paris Saint-Germain, for whom he has scored 15 goals in 29 games, including against FC Barcelona in the Champions League.
Juventus would be unable to match a price tag in the region suggested by reports in Italy, so allegedly intend to present either Aaron Ramsey or Costa in a player-plus-cash deal with each valued at €15m (£13m).
But it remains to be seen if Kean would be willing to accept a third-string role behind Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata back at Juventus, whom he left in 2019 after scoring eight times in 21 first-team appearances having only started six of those games.
Ancelotti deciding to cash in on Kean’s form with PSG and accept Juventus’ offer could see the Italian solve a problem of his at Everton, though, as the arrival of Costa would provide depth at left-wing that he has previously suggested is not currently on offer.
Speaking in November after losing Richarlison to a three-match ban for the red card issued at home to Liverpool, Ancelotti admitted that he struggles to find a like-for-like replacement for the Brazilian and has to alter his game plan when he’s unavailable.
“It is impossible to replace Richarlison. There is no player in the world like Richarlison. So we have to replace him with another player with different quality,” Ancelotti said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo. “We have to change a little bit our style of play without Richarlison.”
Costa’s potential arrival at Goodison Park could solve that long-running issue, one which has seen Ancelotti field Lucas Digne in midfield six times this season with Bernard out of favour, only starting five of his 15 appearances to date.
The Juventus forward, currently on loan with Bayern Munich, has endured a challenging campaign in Germany with Hansi Flick often opposed to fielding him and is currently sidelined after sustaining a hairline fracture in his foot.
Ancelotti would surely like to have a player of that skill at his disposal for when Richarlison is unavailable or needed elsewhere in the side next season.