Manchester United are increasingly confident they will win the race to secure Michael Keane’s signature over the summer, according to reports.
Keane, who ascended through the ranks at Man United and featured alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard under Warren Joyce, left for Burnley on a permanent basis in January 2015 after making a total of five senior appearances at Old Trafford.
He has since impressed many during his time at Turf Moor, earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and attracting attention from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton as a result.
But according to M.E.N‘s James Robson, United are confident of winning the race to acquire the 24-year-old’s services during the transfer window.
You sense that Keane’s heart yearned to stay at United, only for his head – the more important thing, you could argue, when it comes to making career choices – to tell him that finding regular game time elsewhere was the right thing to do.
But the Englishman would have been hugely encouraged to hear Jose Mourinho, not so long ago, describe him as United’s John Terry. By this the Portuguese wasn’t noting that Keane was prone to making racist remarks, slipping at vital moments and sleeping with your teammate’s partner, but instead capable of thriving at the heart of his side’s back four on a long term basis.