According to Spanish publication Sport, Leeds United have joined heavyweight sides Galatasaray and Olympique Marseille in chasing Juventus youngster Moise Kean.
Kean is still only 18 years old, yet he finds himself in Juventus’ first-team squad. However, it also needs remembering that the talented youngster has ahead of him players such as Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala – a brace of players who’d take some shifting from the plans of Massimiliano Allegri.
As such, Kean spent last season out on loan at Juventus’ fellow Serie A side Hella Verona. He featured 19 times for them in Serie A, scoring four goals, including a brace in a 4-1 victory over Fiorentina, before a season-ending abductor muscle tear.
He made a cameo comeback for Il Vecchia Signora in a 12-minute Champions League appearance against Young Boys, but it appears that this lack of opportunity could be frustrating the youngster. On this front, his agent Mino Raiola “seeks a good exit from Juventus” for him, with Raiola having “better offers for his striker” – Leeds being one of those so named.
On the positive side, this lad does have goals in him. Five Serie A goals by his 18th birthday, 44 goals in 65 games at all levels for Juventus as well as 21 goals in 36 games for Italy. These have come via Under-15 (two goals), Under-16 (three goals) and Under-17 (eight goals) and a run of eight goals in his last 10 games for Under-19/Under-21.
Leeds need goals, this youngster has them in him. There’s also the matter of experience – at the age of 18 he has 22 games of Serie A experience tucked in to his belt and, you’d hope, this would stand him in good stead for life in the Championship. Just because Juve don’t think that he can cut it in the Serie A in the long game, that shouldn’t automatically cast doubt on his ability in a league like the Sky Bet Championship.
In all honesty, should Leeds United manage to be able to pull any strings to bring Kean to Elland Road, then Whites fans would be getting to see a true wonderkid take to the field.