As has been reported over the past couple of days, Everton, in search of some cheap reinforcements in the final days of the January window, made a move for Dejan Kulusevski.
That the Swede is expendable at Juventus is well-known, since he hasn’t been used all that much by Max Allegri, at least by the standards you would expect for a player of his potential, and therefore a winter transfer was on the cards.
A loan was the most likely operation, since the Serie A side want to get most, if not all, of their original €35m expenditure back for a sale to take place, and thus the Toffees, strapped for cash, came knocking.
It was already reported on Thursday that Kulusevski wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea of moving to a club so close to the Premier League relegation zone, and it appears what Everton put on the table didn’t impress Juventus either.
Corriere dello Sport have a bit more detail, explaining the club, currently being cared for by Duncan Ferguson while they look for Rafa Benitez’s successor, ‘would welcome the Swede on loan with the promise to discuss a right of redemption as soon as possible’.
That sounds like they wanted to bring him in, get a new manager and see if he wanted to work with him beyond the current season, which would have then triggered the talks with Juventus.
This option ‘didn’t convince Juve and doesn’t warm the heart of the ambitious Dejan’.
That might be that, then.