In January Leeds United were linked with a move for talented Juventus striker Moise Kean. The young Italian, who was midway through a loan deal at Hellas Verona, appeared to be a target for the West Yorkshire club as they continued to try improve their striking options.
Gianluca di Marzio reported that Leeds United had made an enquiry with Juventus about signing Kean on loan until the end of the season, cancelling the deal with Verona in the process.
The Bianconeri did not want to break up a loan spell he was enjoying with Verona and subsequently no deal ever happened.
The move did make headlines for Leeds however after his agent suggested a valuation for the player.
Mino Raiola, the man famous for being the agent of big stars such as Mario Balotelli, Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, also represents the 18-year-old Juventus striker.
Speaking in reaction to Monaco’s £17 million swoop for 16-year-old Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri he was quoted by Tuttomercatoweb as stating:
“Kean is worth 75 (million euros) then, for me he is stronger than Pellegri.”
That equates to a £65 million valuation which had Leeds tongues wagging.
So how has Kean performed since and should Leeds consider another loan attempt this summer?
It has not been overly impressive since Leeds made their move. He did score two goals as a resurgent looking Verona defeated Fiorentina 4-1 at the tail-end of January. But he played just three more times for the club before a thigh tear ended his season prematurely. Verona were then subsequently relegated from Serie A to compound a fairly unhappy 2018 for Kean so far.
So regarding a January signing, it seems Leeds have not missed out.
But the teenager is still a top young talent and has impressed this season, with four goals in 20 appearances for the struggling Italian outfit.
If Leeds have a chance to bring in Kean this summer, it is certainly an opportunity they must consider. His £65 million valuation is certainly a case of agent hyperbole, but the teenager could still have a big impact at Leeds if they did return for his signature in the coming months.