Schalke to get another boost in keeping Jonjoe Kenny?

Jonjoe Kenny of FC Schalke 04 (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)
Jonjoe Kenny of FC Schalke 04 (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images) /

Jonjoe Kenny was an important part of FC Schalke 04’s success in the Hinrunde, so the Royal Blues will want to keep him permanently if it’s financially feasible.

Since the 2019-2020 Bundesliga season looks like it may never happen, FC Schalke 04 and other clubs outside of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have to be especially careful about their financial situations in the summer transfer window.

Schalke will have eyes on keeping two loan signings this summer. Jean-Clair Todibo has been a massive success after joining from FC Barcelona and was even name the team’s Player of the Month in February.

Meanwhile, Jonjoe Kenny hit the ground running and fit the Schalke mentality immediately since joining from Everton and would also be a priority to keep.

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However, there are concerns about Kenny’s affordability, as the England international would likely command a high price from Everton.

Per a report from TZ, via Naveen Ullal of Sports Witness, Schalke know they’d have to “dig deep” financially in order to afford Kenny.

Everton’s possible pursuit of Thomas Meunier could give Die Knappen a boost, but the impending free agent right back seems more likely to choose the attacking-minded Bundesliga rivals Dortmund.

That said, the Royal Blues could still get a boost. According to the report, Everton could sign Monaco loanee Dijirbil Sidibé on a permanent deal.

If this happens, then the Toffees could ask for less money from Schalke for Kenny.

Sidibé was one of Everton’s best players last season, forming an excellent fullback duo with established standout Lucas Digne. The Monaco man assisted four times and led the team with a whopping 3.7 tackles per game and 1.8 interceptions per game, per

Carlo Ancelotti and Everton should do whatever they can, within reason, to keep Sidibé, because he was a massive bright spot in a dismal season. And in comparing the two players, Sidibé is significantly better defensively than Kenny, which should matter more to the Toffees.

If Everton buy Sidibé, they have every reason to sell Kenny, who wouldn’t start over the 27-year-old. Kenny’s age, 23, means more to the Royal Blues, who need to keep assembling young building blocks.

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An athletic ball-progressor with positive physical qualities defensively, Kenny can be a great right back with some more seasoning and better positional awareness. At the right price, he’s well worth the investment for Die Knappen.