Marcel Brands appears to be edging toward striking a deal for Moise Kean, as Everton are planning to hold renewed discussions with Juventus regarding the Italian striker’s potential transfer, according to Goal.
The Vercelli-born hitman is believed to be our priority target heading toward the August 8 deadline after parting ways with Ademola Lookman, and are willing to meet the Bianconeri’s asking price after seeing an initial bid rejected.
The Blues were understood to have held contact with the Azzurri over the past week to try and complete a deal before the summer market slams shut, but Director of Football Marcel Brands had only shown a willingness to offer £27million for the 2020-free agent, according to Football Insider.
Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici is reluctant to losing Kean for anything less than his €40million (£36m) asking price, and is pushing for a buy-back clause thought to be €60million (£54.1m), which Everton chiefs are fiercely opposed to.
Maurizio Sarri’s Allianz Stadium natives are looking to trim the squad in Turin having spent more than €100million (£90.2m) this summer, and feel the attack is an area that can be reduced with Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic and Kean all seen as players that can leave.
The Blues are now set to renew negotiations with Juve in a bid to avoid including the buy-back clause, having long been linked with interest in the 19-year-old rising star attracting interest from Arsenal, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
A package is already said to be in place for Kean should a breakthrough emerge in discussions with the Bianconeri, with Brands claimed to be open paying the 3-cap international a minimum of £110,000-a-week over five years.
The potential Serie A import struck seven goals in 661 minutes of action across all competitions last season.