Man Utd are reportedly interested in re-signing Michael Keane from Burnley, but it’s going to cost them as the Clarets are said to want £25m.
As per The Daily Mail, Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea are all monitoring the England international’s future, with the Toffees said to be at the front of the queue.
However, United have also added the 24-year-old to their list of summer targets, just over two years after selling their former youth product to Burnley for just £2.5m.
With the benefit of regular playing time and a prominent role in Sean Dyche’s side, Keane has gone through the levels in that time and made his debut for England last month.
In turn, it’s no surprise that his value has increased so significantly, as he has been ever-present in the Premier League this season and would go a long way to solving the defensive issues that the interested clubs are facing currently.
Jose Mourinho has been linked with various defenders since January, and evidently that’s an area of the squad that he would like to strengthen in terms of adding a defensive partner for Eric Bailly.
However, Burnley will stand firm with their £25m asking price as per the Mail, although it’s worth noting that United have a 25 percent sell-on clause in the deal that took Keane to Turf Moor and so effectively they would get a discount on him.
Keane will no doubt want reassurances over his role if he were to move on this summer, as he wouldn’t want to join a top Premier League title challenger only to then sit on the bench and risk undoing all the progress that he’s made in the last two years.
If United can offer that, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo all filling in at times in central defence, then perhaps a second crack at life at Old Trafford could be exactly what Keane wants.