Man United in pole position for Pogba-esque reunion with defender
Manchester United are reportedly lining up a January move for Burnley defender Michael Keane, and Ladbrokes make it 5/1 that a deal gets done.
A whole host of Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in the centre-back, who received his first international call-up for England last month.
But the latest odds suggest that Keane’s most likely destination is the place where he spent the early stages of his career.
Although he never forced his way into Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes or Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans, it looks as though Jose Mourinho is willing to give the 23-year-old another chance at Old Trafford.
Keane has been in fine form this season for his current club, who find themselves in a respectable 12th-place in the Premier League, and it’s thought the Red Devils would have to fork out in excess of £20m for a man who they allowed to leave for just over £2m back in January 2015.
Granted, it’s nowhere near the amount they paid to re-sign Paul Pogba back in the summer, but it’s yet another example of poor judgement from the board by allowing the player to leave in the first place.
Jose is still chopping and changing his back-four, with no less than 10 players featuring for United in defence already this season in the top-flight.
And that lack of stability at the back has led to the Red Devils conceding 14 goals in 12 games, that’s six more than they shipped after the same amount of games last term.
While the his Man United lead the way at 4/1 in the race for Keane’s signature, it’s Chelsea who are next in the running at 5/1, while traders aren’t ruling out a potential move to the Emirates, with 12/1 on offer for the defender join Arsenal.
What do fans think? Would you welcome Keane back to Old Trafford, or would it be deemed a step backwards?
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Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
Michael Keane to sign for Man United in January 2017 – 5/1
Michael Keane next permanent club
Manchester United – 4/1
Chelsea – 5/1
Arsenal – 12/1
Liverpool – 12/1
Tottenham – 12/1
Man City – 12/1
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing