Widely regarded as one of the top prospects at Juventus and in Italy, the teenage striker has already scored a ton of goals for the Juventus youth teams and has also appeared in Serie A for both Juventus and on loan at Hellas Verona.
Kean spent last season on loan at Hellas Verona in Serie A, along with former Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, and while Verona’s season was less than ideal, as the team was relegated, Kean did pretty good for an 18 year-old in one of the world’s top leagues, scoring four goals in 20 appearances for the struggling side.
Kean’s youth goal-scoring record, however, is a wonder to behold. Kean scored 29 goals in 36 appearances for the Juventus U17 team and also scored 12 goals in 20 appearances in the Juventus Primavera (U23) team before getting a chance in a few games for the first team at Juventus in the 2016-17 season.
Leeds were linked with a move for the player last January, but the deal never happened and everyone kind of forgot about it. Now it appears that Leeds have gone back to the Italian giants to see if a new deal can get done for the striker.
Juventus are rumoured to want a buy-back clause in any deal that they make for Kean, as it appears that they are selling fringe players right now to free up cash to make a spectacular move for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. You might have heard about it.
Ligue 1 team AS Monaco would also apparently like to bring in Kean on a permanent basis, but they are rumoured to be unwilling to have a buy-back clause inserted in their contract for the player. Leeds, however, are perfectly fine with a buy-back clause, meaning that they have appeared to have moved into the lead regarding landing the striker’s signature.
While Kean isn’t a target man that Beilsa has used in the past, he’s got ability and someone with his goal-scoring record in the youth leagues could be a bargain if Juventus are looking to sell. It’s not a bad piece of business to allow a buy-back clause either, as Leeds would still be able to secure a good price from Juventus should Kean live up to expectations.
So will this deal go through this time? Kean has been on the radar for Leeds for awhile, and Juventus need to raise some cash to pay for their new signing. Stranger deals, like Ronaldo going to Juve, happen all the time, and at this point, it seems like Leeds fans want someone, anyone to be signed by the club.