Everton are set to beat Manchester United to the signing of Burnley and England defender Michael Keane, according to The Sun. A potential £25 million deal is likely to be concluded before the summer transfer window slams shut, but it will come as a surprise to many that Keane could choose the Toffees over his former club.
Why are Everton leading the race?
Everton are likely to be going all out in their attempts to sign Michael Keane and could well compete on a financial scale with Manchester United. For that reason, money may no longer be a major factor.
Keane is also likely to feel that he has a better chance of regular first team football at Goodison Park. With Phil Jagielka only getting older, there is a gap for a leader in defence and the club may soon be looking for future captain material – a role that Keane could one day fill.
Under the tutelage of Ronald Koeman, Keane can also be confident of career progress under a manager who has shown that he will put faith in young players and help them to develop. That kind of faith could be crucial in convincing the 24-year-old to move to Merseyside rather than Manchester.[interaction id=”59538f334649b4e34eadd7d6"]
Why would Manchester United have been a better choice?
A move to Old Trafford would mean a return to his former club and a chance to prove himself where he previously failed. Sold by David Moyes only a couple of years ago, Keane never made an impression on the first team.
There would also be the opportunity for Keane to step straight up to the Champions League. Ge would be guaranteed an important spot in the squad given his homegrown status and United would be desperate to have him for that reason alone.
Manchester United may too offer more of a shot at silverware given their record. With three trophies last season alone, if Keane simply wants to add medals to his cabinet then he may live to regret a move to Everton over a return to Old Trafford.
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