Everton are close to confirming a massive coup this summer, with Juventus’ teenage wonderkid Moise Kean set to compete a £36m (£27.5m initial, £9m add-ons) move this weekend.
The deal is believed to ultimately rise to around £36m through add-ons, but is one that manager Marco Silva has been eyeing since the summer began.
Juventus have already submitted all their necessary paperwork and the move is essentially a formality at this point with Moise’ brother Giovanni unable to contain his excitement on Instagram with mock-up pictures and the like in recent days.
Juventus were keen to stress their desire for a buy-back clause in his contract, though this has reportedly been rejected outright.
Instead, the Toffees’ compromise is one for first refusal so in future if Everton wish to sell, Juve get first dibs on his future and will be notified about any incoming offers for the teenager.
Given his exceedingly high ceiling, none of this should be treated as a surprise. He will reportedly earn £50kpw at Goodison Park in a move that mirrors their Romelu Lukaku deal five years ago from Chelsea.
Silva, who only has a week to sign new players ahead of the new campaign, is believed to want five – including Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma after a successful loan spell.
Who is Moise Kean?
Having joined Juventus aged 10, the Italy international – who made his Champions League debut at 16 – has netted eight goals and created one more in 21 senior appearances for The Old Lady.
His red-hot goalscoring form last term came at an opportune time, as star talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was sidelined after the international break.
It also saw him earn a first senior call-up for the Azzuri under Roberto Mancini, where he now has two goals in three games during their Euro 2020 Qualifiers.
He featured for Italy at the U21 Euros in June, where they were knocked out in the group stages.
Everton have already made three summer signings to date: Andre Gomes (Barcelona, £22m), Fabian Delph (£10m) and Jonas Lössl (Huddersfield, free).
They remain in profit with the sales of key midfielder Idrissa Gueye (PSG, £30m) and Ademola Lookman (£16m, rising with add-ons).
Silva knows there is still work to be done ahead of next Thursday’s deadline but the creative burden has weighed heavy on playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson and winger Richarlison: the club’s two most expensive signings in successive seasons.
Juve are preparing an aggressive approach for wantaway Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who himself was at Everton for three seasons.
They are reportedly haggling over a fee in the region of £60-80m, but Kean’s departure – alongside the experienced Mario Mandzukic – would free up space for him to lead their line alongside Ronaldo going forward.