Reports: Manchester United confident of signing Michael Keane
Keane is set for a return to Old Trafford if latest reports are to be believed.
What’s the story
Former Manchester United defender Michael Keane is all set for a return to the Theater of Dreams if reports from The Telegraph are to be believed. The 24-year-old moved to Burnley in 2014 on a loan deal, which was made permanent in the following winter transfer window.
Keane’s recent performances for the Clarets has helped him gain the attention of clubs like Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton along with Manchester United. However, if rumours are to be believed, the central defender will don the red jersey of United come the next season.
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After being sold to Burnley for a sum of £2 million by Louis van Gaal, Keane has seen his stocks rise rapidly. This season, the defender has scored two goals in the PL in 35 appearances and has played a huge role in ensuring his club doesn’t go down.
On the other hand, Manchester United are desperate to strengthen their back-line and believe Keane can be a decent signing.
The heart of the matter
Despite conceding the second least number of goals in the league, United are far from a defensively accomplished side. Mourinho has tried a variety of players at the back to partner Eric Bailly but not a single one of them has left any sort of impression.
Keane, on the other hand, has become a mainstay of the Burnley backline since moving to Turf Moor. The 24-year-old, this season in the PL, has made a total of 68 interceptions, 44 blocks, 254 clearances and while he has made a couple of defensive errors, none of them has led to a goal.
Moreover, United are set to receive 25% of Keane’s sell-on fee due to a clause in his contract. This means that the Red Devils will get a discount of sorts if they choose to sign the £30 million-rated defender.
The numbers, which Keane has racked up, are sure to attract three to four potential suitors and it wouldn’t come as a surprise if we witness some of the league’s elite clubs going hammer and tongs for him in the summer transfer window. The fact that he’s a home-grown player only adds to his value.
If United are really close to signing the defender, they should complete the deal as soon as possible given the fact that clubs like Liverpool and Everton are also in the race for his signature.