'Would take a big offer' - Boyland casts doubt over permanent PSG Kean move
Everton are yet to receive a formal offer for Moise Kean from loan club PSG and are hoping to keep the striker, according to The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland.
Kean has been impressing for the Ligue 1 side this season after joining in a temporary deal from Everton, and reports have suggested a permanent deal could soon be agreed, with the clubs in talks over a £31million move.
A fee in that region would supersede the amount Everton paid Juventus in 2019 for the 20-year-old, and bring a premature end to his Goodison Park career.
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However Boyland, The Athletic’s Everton correspondent, has poured cold water on reports of PSG tabling a formal bid for their loan star, saying that Kean has a future at Goodison Park and it would take a substantial offer for that to change.
In The Athletic’s ‘Transfer news explained’ live blog, Boyland expanded on this, saying “Ancelotti maintains he is counting on the striker to return to Goodison.
“Director of football Marcel Brands has invested so much time, money and faith in Kean that it would take a sizeable offer to persuade Everton to part ways with him — and that kind of bid has not materialised up to now.”
Kean is currently starring for PSG alongside two of the world’s elite attackers in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, helping himself to nine goals for the Parisian outfit this season.
That includes two Champions League goals and he will have a chance to build on this tally when PSG face Barcelona in their round of 16 knock-out tie, spread across two legs in February and March as his side aim to go one better than last season and seal European glory.
The riches on offer to Kean this season, including a possible Ligue 1 title, are a clear turnaround in fortunes from last season for the Italy striker, after he struggled to a mid-table Premier League finish with Everton, netting just twice in 29 games.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has asserted himself as Ancelotti’s main man over the past year and his impressive displays this season cast further doubt over the future of Kean in a Blues shirt.
Everton might have the added dilemma of European football next season if they can maintain their good start to this campaign, so there is sure to be room for rotation next season with the Toffees needing strength in depth.
However, if they can make a profit on Kean then this is something to seriously consider as he would be an expensive substitute to keep, especially if he fails to live up to his hype again.
After establishing himself as an important member of a star-studded PSG squad playing alongside generational talents like Neymar and Mbappe it seems unlikely that he would want to swap this for a back-up role at Everton.
Therefore, a parting of the ways looks like the best and most viable option ahead for Kean and Everton.
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