Man United set to seal Keane's return

Alain Brian
Mai 18, 2017

Though the figure this time around, concerning Burnley defender Michael Keane, is far less extravagant, it is nonetheless a poor reflection on the decision making of the Red Devils.

Everton were confident they would beat United to the signing of the England defender, but barring any last-minute hitches, Keane is expected to return to his old club. If he chooses to accept United's offer, he can quadruple his wages. The purchase of Michael Keane would take United's spending on former players to £114m in just two summer transfer windows.

However, Jose Mourinho has identified Keane among several players that should have been retained by his predecessor, and has made him one of his top summer targets alongside Romelu Lukaku and Antoine Griezmann.

The move, if it were to go through, would emulate that of Paul Pogba's past year from Juventus on a much smaller scale.

The Englishman is a boyhood United fan and continues to leave in Manchester.

Chris Smalling
GETTYJose Mourinho is not happy with Chris Smalling at Manchester United

He made his England debut against Germany in March.

As talks of Keane's return come up, there is the undeniable question that arises over Chris Smalling's future.

Smalling is understood to be fully committed to remaining at Manchester United, despite reports of Mourinho questioning his determination to play after recovering from an injury.

Deciding on a long-term partner for Eric Bailly is a must for Jose Mourinho ahead of next season and aged just 24, Keane and the Ivory Coast global could provide an incredibly solid setup alongside each other for the many seasons to come, although a lack of experience at top level could be an issue at first.

Keane has seen his stock rise at Turf Moor this season, with the Manchester club tipped as favourites to secure the player's signature.

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