The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern had been hoping that Virgil van Dijk would move to Old Trafford this summer, but with Liverpool reportedly leading the race, it seems as though Jose Mourinho may have to look elsewhere…
There are a number of great options for Mourinho this summer as he looks to improve the Man Utd defence, though one such player may well force the Red Devils to suck up their pride. Indeed, if the club are looking to sign a top defender this summer, there is one former player that could fit the bill perfectly. It may be a tough move for the Red Devils’ brass to admit their mistakes, but Michael Keane is a player that is worth going through that.
After all, he had a stellar 2016/17 campaign, quickly emerging as a key figure within the Burnley first team. Often times, it was his defensive brilliance that kept Burnley in the fight – and Sean Dyche is certainly indebted to the Englishman for his fine performances over the course of the past year. A strong tackler, impressive in the air and no slouch either, Keane has all the makings of a top central defender. At 24-years-old, he is just entering the prime of his career, and Man Utd would be wise to launch that move this summer.
You also have to consider that given Burnley’s financial situation, in that they are not blessed with extortionate summer funds, the club may be willing to accept a sum far below that of Virgil van Dijk’s – whilst Keane himself would likely not demand wages parallel to that of van Dijk. In that sense, financially, it really works for the Red Devils. His homegrown status, again, is another bonus.
In truth, there aren’t really any downsides to signing Keane this summer – and Mourinho should try to make it happen.
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