Everton outcast in talks to seal permanent switch away - report
Everton are in talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the future of Moise Kean, with negotiations over turning the loan deal into a permanent £31m move, according to Sky Sports.
Kean has impressed at the Parc des Princes since his October switch to the Ligue 1 champions, scoring nine goals in 16 games as his new side have progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League, while they sit third in the league as they hunt down a fourth successive domestic title.
This form has led PSG to move in order to secure his future, with the loan deal set to expire at the end of the season and no clause inserted into the contract to take him permanently.
Sky Sports also report that negotiations over a permanent deal would be worth around £31m for a player that Everton paid £27m to Juventus for in August 2019.
They claim Everton are open to considering a permanent deal for the Italy international.
PSG recently appointed former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, replacing Thomas Tuchel in charge as the club sit one point behind Lyon and Lille in the Ligue 1 standings.
Strength in depth required
Kean endured a fairly miserable 2019/20 campaign at Everton, scoring just twice in 33 appearances as he failed to adapt to English football.
He played four times this season for the Toffees, scoring in League Cup victories over Salford City and Fleetwood Town before making a temporary move to France.
The striking department is not an area that Everton are stacked with options in, so news of a permanent switch away for Kean might concern some fans.
While he did not exactly set the place on fire with his performances, Kean is still only 20-years-old and clearly a talented player as evidenced by his respectable goal record at Juventus, where he scored eight times in 21 games as a teenager.
Dominic-Calvert Lewin is currently leading the line for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and has been in exceptional form this season, despite enduring a recent six-game barren run.
He has scored 14 goals for Everton this season, as well as making his England debut and scoring his first international goals.
In Richarlison Everton do possess a forward capable of playing as a central striker, but the most orthodox option is Cenk Tosun who has failed to fire this season and has just 10 Premier League career goals to his name, nine of them for the Toffees and one in a loan spell at Crystal Palace last season.
Tosun’s time at Goodison Park looks to be drawing to a close, much like Kean’s.
Everton and director of football Marcel Brands will have a job on his hands to find at least another striker capable of deputising in the Calvert-Lewin role, or perhaps one that can even join him on occasion.
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