Everton will not be selling Moise Kean this summer, with his agent insisting they are ‘happy’ with the striker despite a disappointing campaign.
Kean arrived from Juventus in a £30m deal last summer in a move that many considered one of the coups of the summer.
The highly-rated youngster arrived on Merseyside as one of the hottest rated prospects in Europe after bursting onto the scene at Juventus, and there was a belief that Everton had a star in the making.
His first year in the Premier League has not proved to be a happy one, though, with Kean managing just one goal and two assists in 26 appearances so far.
He was heavily linked with a return to Italy throughout the January transfer window, the belief being that he wanted to head back home to boost his chances of making Italy’s Euro 2020 squad.
Everton resisted that strongly, electing to keep Kean on Merseyside as a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad rather than loaning him out.
It appears they will be equally resistant to any bids that may come in the summer with Enzo Raiola, the cousin of Kean’s agent Mino Raiola, ruling it out.
“Everton? They are happy with him,” he told Juve News.
“He didn’t have a brilliant start, but the club believes in him, and they are happy. He will slowly have more opportunities.”
Where those opportunities come from at Everton, remain to be seen. There is no denying Kean is a top talent and has shown flashes of it at Goodison Park, but it’s also clear this year has been a disaster.
Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to play 4-4-2 means there will be chances for him, but with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin amongst the goals, there are not likely to be regular.
At the minute Kean seems happy with his situation and is loving life in Liverpool, but that could quickly change if things don’t improve next season.
He’s a young player who wants regular game time and it will be interesting to discover how Ancelotti plans to give it to him if his current front two continue to impress.