Tuesday 20 February 2018

United face summer scramble to sign Keane

Michael Keane. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Michael Keane. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

James Ducker

Michael Keane will spark a bidding war this summer with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton all vying for the highly-rated Burnley and England defender's services.

Jose Mourinho is eager to bring Keane back to Old Trafford two years after he was sold to Burnley for £2 million by Louis van Gaal, his predecessor as United manager. United negotiated a clause when Keane left for Turf Moor in January 2015 that entitles them to 25 per cent of any sell-on fee.

If United re-signed Keane, that would effectively mean a discount on a transfer fee that could surpass £30 million given the interest in the 24-year-old centre-half. Burnley are mindful of the £47.5 million Manchester City paid Everton for John Stones, another young England defender, last summer.

Nonetheless, the prospect of having to pay out around £22.5 million for a player they released for a tenth of that would be galling for United only 12 months after paying a world-record £89 million for France midfielder Paul Pogba, the former academy graduate who left Old Trafford for Juventus in 2012.

They were situations out of Mourinho's control and the manager has gone on record to stress that there are players, including Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, that he would never have sold had he been in charge then. Keane falls into that bracket. (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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