In what is likely to be a busy summer for Everton this year, one of the big decisions they will have to make is over the future of Jonjoe Kenny.
The youngster is currently out on loan with Schalke in the Bundesliga after leaving Goodison in the summer in search of first-team football.
He’s found that with David Wagner’s side, becoming a regular under the German boss and impressing everyone at the club.
His deal doesn’t include a purchase option or any clause to extend it, though, meaning they will have to negotiate a new deal with Everton in the summer should they want to keep him longer.
Every indication so far has been this might happen, with Kenny allegedly making it clear he’d like to stay and Everton felt to be looking at other right-backs for now.
However, a report from Sky Sports this week suggested Everton have changed their mind and are now thinking of bringing Kenny back for next season.
This has been picked up on in Germany, with Sky Germany reporter Dirk Schlarmann providing his information on the situation.
#Schalke – nach unseren Infos kann sich #Kenny es sehr gut vorstellen, beim #S04 zu bleiben, will das auch…die Signale Anfang des Jahres aus England waren auch positiv für ein weiteres Jahr Leihe. Das angebliche Umdenken von Evertonkönnte auch an der Corona-Krise liegen. #SSNHD
— Dirk g. Schlarmann (@Sky_Dirk) April 17, 2020
Referring to the report in England he says that as far as he is aware, Kenny does indeed want to stay in the Bundesliga beyond this summer.
That was something Everton were open to and the ‘signals’ coming from England earlier this year was that they were ‘happy’ to sanction another year-long loan deal.
That stance has now seemingly changed, and Schlarmann believes it could be a result of the Coronavirus outbreak sweeping across Europe.
He offers no reason why that may be the case, although perhaps with the virus decimating finances of clubs around Europe Everton are thinking of spending their money elsewhere and giving Kenny his chance next season rather than investing in a new right-back this summer