Carlo Ancelotti should strive to stop Moise Kean from joining Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal and bring the striker back to Everton this summer.
According to Le 10 Sport, Kean has made it clear that he would favour a full-time switch to Le Parc des Princes should Ancelotti decide his future is not at Goodison Park.
The 21-year-old is happy in the French capital and would hope to see the Parisian leadership pull out all the stops to retain his services, after a successful season on loan so far.
The Toffees are expected to demand a ‘very greedy’ sum to release Kean from his £53,000-per-week contract, although his performances and room to develop further are thought to have given PSG’s Sporting Director Leonardo enough evidence to justify a move.
But Kean’s preference would be to remain beside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe under Mauricio Pochettino if Ancelotti does not plan on offering a second chance at Everton next season, than return to Turin where he only started six of his 21 senior appearances.
With Kean under contract at Goodison Park through to the summer of 2024, Everton will be under no pressure to sell the striker at the end of the season so should be able to hold out for the ‘very greedy’ sum expected if Ancelotti does decide to part ways.
How much that figure is remains to be seen, with Fabrizio Romano stating on the Here We Go podcast last month that Everton will demand between €60-70m (£51.5-60m) but also noting in his column for CBS Sport a base range of €45m-50m (£39-43m).
Any offer in those regions would represent a strong profit for a player who only scored twice in 33 games for Everton last season, yet Ancelotti should favour awarding Kean a second chance at impressing in the Premier League.
The Toffees boss is thought to be a “big fan” of Kean and Romano noted last month that Ancelotti hopes to be able to unleash him next season, which should be the priority given the forward’s form in France and the lack of output from some of those on Merseyside.
Kean’s record at Le Parc des Princes earned praise from Ancelotti earlier in the year, but the Toffees boss accepted that any long-term plans would hinge on his position – which now appears to be edging in Everton’s favour.
“He is having a really good experience at Paris Saint-Germain,” Ancelotti told Sky Sports. “He is scoring a lot of goals, he shows his quality. He is our player, and he will be back in June.
“All the time we have to take into consideration what the player thinks because the players are human. If the player wants to come back, we will be happy to have him, if the player wants to stay with Paris Saint-Germain, we have to talk with Paris Saint-Germain.”
And while Kean has displayed his talents on the European stage, including against FC Barcelona in the Champions League, Joshua King remains without a goal since his winter arrival and has only played 117 minutes over eight appearances to date.
Ancelotti will need players able to push Dominic Calvert-Lewin – who has one goal in his last five Premier League games – next term, just what Kean is proving to be capable of with PSG.