Everton to swap Kean for Kluivert

More stories emerging today with Everton now being linked with a swap deal with Roma, in which Moise Kean moves back to Italy with Justin Kluivert coming to Goodison Park in exchange.

Ho hum here we go again! This is yet another transfer rumour emerging from Italy suggesting this time Everton might be prepared to contemplate such a swap move for the son of former Dutch star Patrick Kluivert.

They claim Carlo Ancelotti was interested in Kluivert when he was at Napoli. As usual I think there’s very little in this as Kluivert isn’t a direct replacement for Kean though and he actually tends to play wide on the left or right of the attack rather than upfront.

The young Dutchman hasn’t been hugely productive overall, he has netted 4 times in 17 Serie A games for Roma. There seem better wide attacking options though.

Well this is of course, a deal that’s very unlikely to happen, but we’ll keep seeing these stories popping up until the Premier League season gets back underway, which is still so uncertain.

Talking about the League’s return, and the German Bundesliga is now apparently going ahead with its restart behind closed doors, scheduled for the 16 May.

This will provide a really important template for other top European leagues, including the Premier League. If it proves successful then it will make a return of other leagues much more likely.

Moving on to other stories, it’s still not certain whether Everton will make Djibril Sidibe’s loan move from Monaco permanent.

Sidibe has had a difficult time at Everton this season. He’s been a strong attacking addition for the Blues down the right flank but defensively he’s struggled to contribute effectively.

So this situation gives the Toffees a difficult decision to make. Sidibe could offer plenty going forward in aiding the Blues attack but he’s not really going to help shore up the Toffees still too often, porous defence.

So it’s also a question of what is the priority of the manager and what type of player will best fit into the tactical plans he has. Given that Ancelotti wants to play a 4-4-2, he needs a strong all-round full-back on both flanks, that’s not Sidibe.

As I’ve mentioned before, the Blues have other better choices out there and so I wouldn’t be inclined to sign Sidibe on any permanent basis.

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