Manchester United are the overwhelming favourites to sign Michael Keane from Burnley in the summer, The Mail reports. Since returning to Old Trafford will be a comfortable choice for the player, it appears that United have won the race for the defender. Keane has been one of the top defenders amongst the teams in the bottom half of the table or those promoted from the Championship last season. His performances have certainly caught the attention of several clubs including United. Incidentally, United decided to sell Keane only two years ago for just £2 million. He will be making the return to Old Trafford for a whopping £25 million.
Manchester United are very keen on signing a new centre-back in the summer. Growing concerns about the future of Chris Smalling is thought to be one of the primary reasons. Only a few months ago, the Portuguese manager claimed that he would not have sold many of the former players, unlike Louis van Gaal. Keane, Danny Welbeck, and Javier Hernandez were some of the key departures under the regime of the Dutchman.
Keane left United as a player with a lot of potential, which had not been tapped into fully. At Burnley, he has developed into a top-class player who is now capable of featuring for the England national team. At just 24 years of age, he is at the perfect age for United to extract around seven years of top-level service from him. As soon as the interest from top clubs started flowing in, it became apparent that Keane would not stay at Turf Moor for long. The defender currently makes around £25,000 per week, but he is expected to quadruple his wages by signing for United.
Even though the likes of Tottenham are also interested, Keane will not be able to earn on a similar level at other clubs. Manchester United have finished outside the top four, but the club can still qualify for the Champions League next term by winning the Europa League final against Ajax. Next season promises to be a decisive campaign in the club’s history.