Schalke could end up being priced out of a permanent move for Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny as a result of English interest in the right-back.
Kenny moved to the Bundesliga side on loan in the summer after finding his playing time at Goodison Park would be limited this season.
He has proved to be a massive hit with David Wagner’s side, with Der Westen stating he is now an ‘indispensable top performer’ for them.
They would like for him to stay beyond this summer, but the website explains that ‘seems almost impossible’ because of the other interested parties in him.
While Kenny is only valued at around €12m, which is a reasonable price in the current market, the fact that English clubs are keeping an eye on his progress is likely to see his price tag rise.
That would see Schalke pushed down the pecking order and ‘likely left behind’ should Everton entertain an auction for his services.
Of course, the Toffees may want Kenny, who has grown up with the club, to remain with them, particularly after his impressive displays this season.
However, that is likely to rest on the future of Djibril Sidibé. The Frenchman joined Everton on loan from Monaco in the summer, and they have a purchase option included in the deal.
He’s proved to be quite popular on Merseyside and should Carlo Ancelotti decide to keep him, that could pave the way for a permanent exit for Kenny, although it seems unlikely he will be staying at Schalke if that is the case.