Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be targeting Burnley’s defensive lynchpin Michael Keane in a summer transfer worth up to £30 million.
Keane originally came up through the ranks at Old Trafford, but, having found his first-team opportunities limited, was sold by Louis van Gaal to Burnley in 2015 for £2.5 million, after the defender had completed a successful loan spell at Turf Moor.
Since then, Keane’s star has risen dramatically. His authoritative performances at the heart of Burnley’s defence have helped keep the side out of the relegation zone this season. He also performed well on his England debut against Germany last month.
However, if Mourinho is interested, he will have to fight off competition from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, who are both believed to be eyeing up the defender, according to the Daily Mirror.
If Keane did re-join United, it would be another example of a United manager missing potential in a young player, letting them go, and then having to buy them back at an inflated price. Famously, Sir Alex Ferguson let Paul Pogba go to Juventus on a free transfer – Mourinho paid £89 million to bring him back to Old Trafford.
However, perhaps Tyler Blackett shouldn’t keep his phone on…
Source: Football Gifts Direct