Everton must improve their rejected €30million offer for Juventus star Moise Kean, but Director of Football Marcel Brands cannot accept a crazy rumoured clause touted by the Daily Mail.
According to reports in Italy, Brands recently saw a €30million (£26.9m) bid rejected by the Turin outfit, having lodged his long-rumoured approach for one of Europe’s hottest young properties.
Juventus are not opposed to the sale of Kean once he agrees to a new, five-year contract, however, as their Sporting Director Fabio Paratici is thought to have serious questions over the player’s attitude and character, following a string of issues in training for club and country.
The 46-year-old Juve chief also feels it would make financial sense to cash in on the teenager’s incredible form in the recent campaign, which saw the Vercelli-born striker find the back of the net six times in 533 minutes of Serie A action.
But Paratici will not sanction a deal on the cheap, and while Brands’ opening offer is a strong starting point, the Daily Mail understands the Dutchman will have to increase the package to £31million to hand Marco Silva the forward whom the club see as our new Romelu Lukaku.
However, while that is not a vast amount for someone like Kean in the modern market where Newcastle supposedly value Sean Longstaff at more than £50million, the Italian may not be on Merseyside for long if our Director of Football were to agree on the crazy buy-back clause Paratici is said to be intent on.
Allegedly, the Italian – who has been in his current position for the past nine years – is insistent on Everton agreeing to a £40.5 million option, that would see Juve be able to reclaim their academy graduate in any future window of their choosing.
This would be horrific business sense if Brands were to accept it, although it is hard to see the Dutchman agreeing to effectively develop someone else’s prospect knowing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow would diminish with each passing window.
If Brands is able to make the buy-back clause more substantial, then there will be few around Merseyside standing in Kean’s way as he arrives to sign the contract.
Fans have already been quick to share their hope in Everton signing the 19-year-old, although many have been just as cautious to hold back their optimism with each report on a potential deal being made.