It’s fair to say the Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are getting used to the idea of their beloved club spending millions to bring back former players.
Having broken records to re-sign Paul Pogba last summer, the Red Devils are reportedly closing in on a deal to lure England international Michael Keane back to Old Trafford this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, the 24-year-old will cost around £25m, only two years after Louis van Gaal opted to sell him to current club Burnley for about £2m. Clearly, Keane has improved a lot since then, though it’s fair to say this deal hasn’t truly excited the punters propping up the bar.
Amid a raft of links with players such as James Rodriguez, the idea of seeing a central defender return leaves a lot to be desired in the eyes of many. With that in mind, here’s a look at how fans on Twitter reacted to the Keane deal.
The Michael Keane rumours have started again… please NO! We can get a lot better, not really much of an upgrade on Smalling or Jones #MUFC
— John Gorman (@ormo5000) May 16, 2017
If we're going to sign Michael Keane back, I don't like the idea though, can we do it by swapping either Jones or Smalling with him? #MUFC
— Valar Morghulis (@SirwiseOne) May 17, 2017
What a mistake to sign Keane for 25M #mufc
— Tim (@96liverpudlians) May 17, 2017
Micheal Keane isn't as bad as everyone thinks, He's definitely a much better defender than Smalling and Jones. #MUFC
— Athul (@athulpkrishnan) May 17, 2017
Keane has far more composure than Smalling. His distribution & defensive nous is also superior. #mufc
— Deshane (@Desh_P) May 17, 2017
This might be one of those tweets that I will regret in a couple of years, but I don't want us to sign Michael Keane. Average player. #MUFC
If Michael Keane hadn't left #MUFC he would never have developed like he has and there wouldn't even be a question of is he going to re-sign
— fmscrapbookcom (@FMScrapbook) May 17, 2017
Keane now buying back….wonder when David Bellion will be back #mufc
— Jace Gillson (@Jace_Gillson) May 17, 2017