In Focus: Keane return costly for United, but a price worth paying

As reported by The Daily Mail, Manchester United are planning on bolstering their defensive options with a move for former player and currently Burnley star Michael Keane.

What’s the story?

Keane played just five matches for the Red Devils before permanently moving to Burnley in 2015 following a loan spell, but now he could be set for a sensational return to Old Trafford.

That’s what The Mail reckon anyway, and they say United are so intent on securing their man that they’re willing to pay a massive 10 times the amount he initially left for.

According to the paper Keane joined Burnley for a fee of £2.5m, a fraction of the £25m it could take to bring him back to the club where he started his career.

However, with Liverpool and Chelsea reportedly also monitoring his situation, it may not be so easy to land their man.

Worth it?

Manchester United are of course no strangers to shelling out for former youth prospects having paid mega-money for former academy player Paul Pogba last year.

While the money talked about with regards to Michael Keane is nowhere near that level, it’s still not a good look to so regularly back pedal on players you initially had on your books.

Having recently made his England debut, Keane’s stock has never been higher and at the age of just 24 has plenty of time left to become an icon at Old Trafford.

In that respect the reported £25m isn’t too large a fee, especially as he has shown impressive consistency in the Premier League for Burnley. He’s made over 100 appearances for the club and has been one of their top performers this season.

Finally putting their faith in the Englishman could pay off big for Jose Mourinho, despite the large fee.