Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny will be allowed to leave the club during the summer, according to the Times.
Kenny has spent the second half of the season on loan at Celtic, and the 24-year-old will leave Goodison Park permanently when the window opens.
The report doesn’t say whether or not he’ll sign for Celtic, but it does say that Everton have identified a replacement right-back.
They want Norwich’s Max Aarons, but there’s a gap in the two clubs’ valuations of the players.
Norwich are holding out for £30 million for the man who was part of England’s unsuccessful recent bid to win the Under 21 European Championship.
It doesn’t say how much Everton want to pay exactly, but it’s less than that.
Ben Godfrey is a former club teammate of Aarons and was also part of that Young Lions squad last month.
He came in for £20 million on summer deadline day and would likely help Aarons settle.
The report says that Aarons’ fee could be offset by selling Moise Kean to Paris Saint-Germain.
He was a backup at Everton but is part of a squad which has just knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League to reach the semi-finals now.
Aarons would likely be Seamus Coleman’s long-term replacement, and Kenny’s impending departure indicates the club don’t feel he’s capable of doing that.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive