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Sean Dyche completes first Everton transfer as flop offloaded to European club in £30m deal

Sean Dyche of Everton

Everton have completed their first transfer since Sean Dyche became manager on January 30, with striker Moise Kean leaving the club for Juventus on a permanent basis.

Kean moved to England in August 2019 when Everton paid Juve an initial £25.1million for him, with the deal rising to £27.5m through add-ons. At the time, Everton thought they had completed a transfer coup as Kean was highly rated in Italy.

However, the 23-year-old never managed to make a significant impact at Goodison Park. He managed just four goals and two assists in 39 appearances for the Toffees.

Kean spent the 2020-21 campaign on loan at French giants Paris Saint-Germain. He impressed there, increasing his scoring output to 17 goals from 41 games.

A permanent PSG move did not occur though and Kean was subsequently loaned back to Juve for two years in August 2021.

While the Italian has not demonstrated the form which resulted in him being so highly thought of at Juve the first time, he has done enough to impress coaches in Turin.

And according to Italian journalist Romeo Agresti, who works for Goal Italia, Juve have activated their clause to sign Kean permanently.

The attacker has moved back to Juve as they have paid the remaining €28m (£25m) in order to capture him. The deal is worth €35m (£30m) in total. Kean’s Juve contract runs until June 2025.

Everton sale should help Dyche transfer plans 

The transfer is the first one Everton have managed since Dyche replaced Frank Lampard. Everton did not quite have time to complete any incomings or outgoings before the January transfer deadline, leaving Dyche to fight off relegation with a similar squad to his predecessor.

The manager will be happy to get Kean off the wage bill. He was never going to have a future at Everton after spending so long out on loan to European sides.

Not only will Everton’s wage bill be cheaper, but Dyche will also benefit from the Kean sale through added transfer funds. It is unclear how much of the total £30m package will be put into his transfer kitty, but it is likely to be a good amount.

And the money could be spent on a striker replacement. Neither of Dyche’s current options – Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay – have been in good form this term. In fact, they have managed just two goals between them all season.

If Dyche guides Everton to safety, then his priority this summer will be to land a quality goalscorer. This type of move should help to prevent Everton from being in another relegation battle.

According to a recent report from the i, Dyche could go big with his new striker plans. They claim Roma star Tammy Abraham is in Everton’s sights.

This would be an exceptional capture given the fact he is on Manchester United’s radar and is also an option for Chelsea.

Meanwhile, an Arsenal player has decided not to join Everton, according to a report.