Reports: Chelsea's expected bid for Michael Keane infuriates Manchester United
The 23-year-old was sold by the Red Devils last season but has come of age in the Premier League
Burnley defender Michael Keane has been turning heads with his performances in the Premier League this season. The defender joined the Clarets from Manchester United for a paltry amount last summer as part Van Gaal’s selling spree.
But the club might come to regret that decision because of the instant impact he has had on the Premier League with the newly promoted side. Sean Dyche always tries to lay emphasis on his defence and makes his team very difficult to break down at home.
So far Liverpool and Arsenal have visited Turf Moor and both found it incredibly difficult to break them down. Liverpool were punished on the counter and ended up losing 2-0. The Gunners could have suffered the same fate but were extremely fortunate to come away with all three points thanks to a controversial last second goal from Laurent Koscielny.
Keane has been very impressive in the back and has formed an impressive partnership with Ben Mee. The duo have helped Burnley keep a good record at home this season and those clean sheets could be vital to their ambitions of staying up.
But they might struggle to hold on to him in the coming months with reports from the The Sun of Chelsea wanting to swoop for the defender. The Blues have a problem at the back with David Luiz and Gary Cahill not convincing Antonio Conte completely yet.
They are ready to pay up to £25million for the former United man. This has reportedly got United regretting their decision to sell the youngster. Jose sold a lot of the youngsters promoted under Louis Van Gaal but this was a player sold under the Dutchman
Keane only made 1 appearance for United in 2014-15 as a substitute in the Premier League. But United might be kicking themselves if the Blues do manage to prise him away from Burnley.
Keane only cost Burnley £2.5 million when he joined them from the Red Devils and they would profit hugely from his sale. But Dyche might want to keep him at the club looking at what he brings to his team and his importance to consistency at the back.
United have had defensive problems of their own this season in recent weeks. After battering Stoke City last weekend they still only managed a point because of a late error at the back and not taking their chances at the other end.
Blind has now been moved to left back with Smalling and Eric Bailly occupying the central defensive positions. Jose started the season with Blind and Bailly but changed it around after a poor run of results in the Premier League.