Moise Kean is being linked with a potential switch back to Italy after a disappointing first campaign with Everton.
The Italian joined Everton last summer in a deal reportedly (Independent) worth around £27.5 million. It was quickly tipped by many as one of the best signings of the summer but Kean struggled to live up to that expectation.
The youngster has scored just one goal for Everton and has struggled to usurp Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison in the pecking order.
As reported by CalcioMercato, AS Roma are now hopeful of bringing Kean back to Italy. Everton reportedly want €28 million (£24.6m) to make the deal happen with Kean hopeful it might help his chances of playing at Euro 2021.
But another major reason that will undoubtedly tempt Kean into a Roma switch is the presence of Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Roma youngster, dubbed the ‘next Totti’, is one of Kean’s best friends and the pair are often seen messing around on social media together when away on international duty. In fact, sometimes, they go a little too far. Last September both players were pulled from the Italy senior squad by Roberto Mancini after turning up late for a team meeting with the under-21s.
The pair are reportedly inseparable on international duty and even Kean’s dad commented in November that the Everton star should join his ‘dear friend’ in the Italian capital, as reported by Sportlife.
“I send a message to my son Moise. Listen to me well, I am your father of blood, return to Italy to play, you will become a great soccer player, come and play in Rome, alongside your dear friend Nicolo Zaniolo.”
Those comments were later played down by the Everton player but there is little doubt that he would relish the chance to play week-in week-out with one of his best friends.
If Everton can recoup most of the fee they paid for the player it might be best for his career to head back to Italy. Perhaps this move has simply come too early in his career. Regardless, hopefully, Kean can go on to become a genuine star wherever he ends up playing his football.