Everton have announced the £27.5million signing of Moise Kean from Juventus on a five-year-deal as they seek ambitions to break the top six monopoly this term.
The Toffees have seen off competition from Arsenal this summer to land the forward, who they will pay £25.1m up front for, with the remainder being made up of various add-ons.
Juventus confirmed the financial details, stating the deal would be paid over a three-year basis, in a statement that also thanked Kean for his time at the Allianz Stadium as well as wishing him luck for the future.
Following the announcement of his arrival, Kean stated that he was delighted to sign for a club that shared his high ambitions. ‘I am very proud and honoured to wear the Everton shirt. I will give my best to this team,’ Kean told evertontv.
‘I was convinced to sign because Everton is a club looking to the future and so am I. I know about the size of the club. It has big ambition and I will work very hard to help us fulfill what we want to achieve.
‘I am used to winning and I want to bring this winning attitude to the team. I hope I will be very good on the field and bring the fans joy.’
Marco Silva admitted Kean was one of his priority summer targets and that he will offer many different options for the Toffees attack.
‘A striker was one of our priority signings this summer,’ the Everton boss said. ‘Moise is strong, fast, with many good qualities as a striker and he is just 19 years old. He has talent and he is ready to work, ready to improve our squad and gives us different solutions.
‘Of course he was at a big club, now he’s come to another big club and is ready to fight for this challenge and to give everything to Everton Football Club.’
At just 19-years-old and having been tracked by Europe’s top clubs, the move could be seen as a steal for the Toffees who are desperate to step up and start challenging for a Champions League place.
He made his debut for Juventus aged 16, before making his international bow for Italy three years later.
Kean scored six goals in 13 appearances last term but had grown frustrated with his lack of first team chances.
But despite seeing his opportunities at Juventus limited, Kean stressed that he would always be grateful to the Italian champions for his time there.
‘Thank you! When I think of Juventus I can only think of one word: thanks!, he stated on Instagram.
‘Since I arrived, when I was 11, everyone believed in me, I was surrounded by so much affection and supported by the warmth of the fans. I will never forget you, you will always have a place in my heart #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve.’