Carlo Ancelotti has offered a firm refusal to part ways with Everton striker Moise Kean amid reports SSC Napoli have cleared the road to signing the Italian youth international. Ancelotti confirmed at his pre-Sheffield United press conference, via The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland, that Kean will be an Everton player next season, while hinting that the 20-year-old could have a starting role at Bramall Lane come Monday night.
Kean has struggled to establish himself as one of the first names on an Everton teamsheet since his £27.5million transfer from Juventus last summer, with Ancelotti following former Blues boss Marco Silva in often only favouring the Vercelli-born forward from the bench.
Between Silva and Ancelotti’s tenures, Kean has featured in 28 Premier League fixtures but has only started five of those, while opening just two of the Toffees’ five cup fixtures between the Carabao and FA Cups.
The potential, then, was there for Kean to depart Merseyside in search of more regular game time in the hopes of improving his Euro 2020 chances, having fallen out of favour with the senior Italy fold and only representing the U21s since departing Turin.
One potential avenue Kean could have seemingly explored would have been Napoli after Emanuele Cammaroto noted in his editorial for Napoli Magazine, via Arena Napoli, that the Serie A side had a clear road to his signing.