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Everton transfer poised to collapse with Lampard facing £23m striker problem

Juventus striker Moise Kean alongside Maya Yoshida

Everton could be facing a £23m shortfall in the near future after a report revealed why Juventus are trying to back out of their Moise Kean agreement.

Italian striker Moise Kean has become something of an elephant in the room at Goodison Park. The 22-year-old was signed by Everton in 2019 after becoming one of Italy’s hottest prospects at Juventus.

His debut season on Merseyside quickly fell flat, with Kean ending the season with just two goals in 33 matches.

He was bizarrely loaned out to PSG the following season and operated close to a goal every other game. That then prompted former club Juventus to sanction a two-year loan deal that began at the start of the current campaign.

Everton received €7m up front and per the agreement, could pocket a further €28m if the deal is turned permanent in 2023. ESPN reported at the time the €28m clause is an obligation and would be activated pending performance-related achievements.

However, Kean’s time back in Turin has failed to ignite. He has five goals to his name, but is rarely selected to start. The club’s acquisition of Dusan Vlahovic in January pushed him further down the pecking order too.

Given Everton’s well-documented financial woes, receiving £23m in a future window would be more than handy. What’s more, it could be even more vital if those funds are received if Everton are a Championship club at the time.

However, Sport Witness now report Juventus are doing all they can to wriggle out of the deal. It seems they no longer wish to bring Keane on board for good.

Juventus “will try to return” Moise Kean

Quotes are carried by Italian journalist Paolo Bargiggia who stated: “Regarding Kean, the signals are not very good.

“They (Juventus) will try to return him by not continuing with the deal set when they took him.”

The article states Juventus’ stance will manifest itself in the form of a meeting with Everton officials. On the agenda will be finding a way out of the prior agreement.

Whether they can, or indeed Everton would want the deal to fall through, isn’t stated in the piece.

However, if Kean is returned prematurely, Lampard will be faced with the difficult task of how to get the best out of a player very few managers have.