Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Juventus forward Moise Kean, but would he be a good signing for the club?
The Gunners have made contact with Kean’s agent Mino Raiola, according to Mail Online, with Arsenal the latest club to pursue the young Italy international.
Everton are also reportedly interested in signing Kean, with the Toffees desperate to sign some forward reinforcements this summer.
With Juventus closer and closer to signing Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, it is believed that the Turin outfit will sign Kean to a new contract in order to ensure they get full price for the 19-year old, before selling him abroad.
However, Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici recently insisted that a buy-back clause would have to be inserted into any deal that will take Kean away from Serie A this summer.
Juventus would reportedly be willing to sell Kean for £31.5million, but would insist on a buy-back fee of £36million that would come into effect in two years time. However, Arsenal have no interest in agreeing to this term and would instead be willing to raise their offer to £36million in order to have it removed.
Everton meanwhile would be happy to keep the buy-back clause in their deal.
At just 19-years old, Kean would be a strong signing for Arsenal. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette already at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal aren’t exactly short of firepower – although bringing in another strong option would be a good long-term strategy.
Kean has the ability to impress in the Premier League and he would liekly succeed if given the opportunity, and Arsenal are corrent to not want a buy-back clause, with the additional two years of development likely to make Juventus keen on buying him back for little profit.
Arsenal’s main issue comes in their transfer budget, and how much money they would be willing to spend on a non-starter when other areas are in more dire need of strengthening.
It has been well publisced that the club don’t have an expansive war chest this summer, and so Kean could well be putting too much focus on one area, with a centre-back and a central midfielder higher priorities.
Other positions Arsenal need to strengthen
With Aaron Ramsey having left the club, the Gunners will need to replace the Wales international. Several players seemingly have their futures up in the air, and a big marquee midfielder would ease the club’s midfield issue.
Arsenal have already shipped out two goalkeepers this summer, with Petr Cech having retired and David Ospina having joined Napoli.
Matt Macey and Emiliano Martinez are unlikely to be declared fit to deputise for Bernd Leno, so the club will need to bring in a more experienced deputy.
Unless Arsenal want to rely on the versatility of Calum Chambers this season, they will need to sign a new right-back.
Hector Bellerin will likely start in that spot for the Gunners, but with Stephan Lichtsteiner having been released, they will need to bring in a support option.
Arsenal are currently at a stand still over Laurent Koscielny, with the club captain having refused to travel on the club’s pre-season tour while he is demanding the club rip up his contract.
No matter how the saga concludes, Arsenal need to bring in a dominant defender to marshal Unai Emery’s back-line next campaign.