Everton went all in this weekend with two top quality signings. The most buzzed one, which was being rumored for the last weeks, was the arrival of striker Moise Kean. The 19-year-old Italian forward came from Juventus for a fee of €27.5million, plus 2 more if he fulfills the objectives. He signed for 5 seasons.
A product of Juventus academy, Moise Kean had a brilliant breakout season in 2018/19, enjoying playing time either as a sub or as an important back option for Mandzukic and Cristiano Ronaldo. He only played 17 games last season, in which he scored 6 goals in the league and 1 in Coppa Italia.
With the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, the striker lost space, since the former Chelsea coach is apparently keen on signing Lukaku from Manchester United.
Besides his young age, Kean is an international for Italy main team for almost a year. He made his debut for the senior squad in 2018 in November, against the USA and in March of 2019 he scored his first goal for La Squadra Azzurra, against Finland. He became the second-youngest player to score for Italy since Bruno Nicole in 1958.
Currently, with Mandzukic, Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, and possible Lukaku, there is not a lack of depth in Juventus squad. Still, the pace and incredible stamina of Moise Kean was something that Juventus does not have in any other player in their attack and they might miss how the young striker made a difference every time he jumped out of the bench.
Meanwhile, Everton seems to be doing a terrific business on this transfer window. The Merseyside club sold Ademola Lookman for €18M to Leipzig, Idrissa Gueye for €30M to PSG and Nikola Vlasic to CSKA Moscow for €15M. In return they made the deal with Andre Gomes permanent, paying €25M for the Portuguese midfielder to Barcelona and they also brought experienced Premier League winner Fabian Delph, for €9,5M from Man City.
And last, but not the least, this weekend they also found what can be the perfect replacement for Idrissa Gueye. Jean-Philippe Gbamin was one of the most talented youngsters in Bundesliga last season, playing for Mainz 05 and the French midfielder joined the Toffees for €25M.
With 34 appearances last season, Gbamin scored 2 goals and made 1 assist. However, it is his defensive record that rings a bell and makes him look like the perfect replacement for Gueye. Averaging 1.6 tackles per game and 80% pass accuracy, the 23-year-old looks set to impress in the Premier League.
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