Atletico Madrid’s pursuit of Juventus striker Moise Kean has taken an unexpected turn as the club has decided to slam the brakes on the deal following concerns raised during the player’s medical examination.
Diego Simeone’s side had initially agreed to sign the 23-year-old Italian on a six-month loan deal valued at approximately €500,000, with no buy option included. Kean, who has faced a challenging season with Juventus, seemed poised for a fresh start with Atletico Madrid.
The Italian striker has not featured for Juventus since December 8, when he made a brief appearance off the bench in their 1-0 victory over Napoli. A shin injury has kept him sidelined for the last nine games, but a return to action was anticipated soon.
However, the deal hit a roadblock after Kean underwent medical examinations in the Spanish capital on Monday evening. According to Sky Sports Italia, Atletico Madrid’s medical staff identified Kean’s shin injury as more serious than initially described by their counterparts in Turin. As a result, talks are currently ongoing between the two clubs to address the discrepancies in the medical evaluations.
Kean, who has not found the back of the net for Juventus in 472 minutes of action this season, last scored in a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona in April of the previous year. The collapse of the Atletico Madrid deal has left the 23-year-old striker to return to Italy.
Gianluca Di Marzio reported that, while the deal with Atletico Madrid has fallen through, there is still a possibility for Kean to secure a move away from Juventus in the final hours of the transfer window.