The move, if it were to go through, would emulate that of Paul Pogba’s last year from Juventus on a much smaller scale.
Pogba, of course, left Manchester United in 2012 for free, before triumphantly returning last summer for a world record sum of £89m. Though the figure this time around, concerning Burnley defender Michael Keane, is far less extravagant, it is nonetheless a poor reflection on the decision making of the Red Devils.
The Daily Mail report that Manchester United are clear favourites to bring Keane back to Old Trafford for £25m – a far cry from the £2m that then manager Louis van Gaal sold him for in January of 2015.
Keane made just five senior appearances for United before his move to Turf Moor, where his impressive showings over the course of 108 appearances in just two and a half years earned him two England caps for Gareth Southgate’s side.
The Stockport native has a great affinity for the club he grew up idolising.
“I’m a United fan and I always will be,” Keane stated. “It was always United.”
Bolstering their chances, United included a included sell-on clause in the deal entitling them to 25 per cent of said fee, thereby reducing their own bill if they were to complete the signing. The move would create questions over the futures of either Chris Smalling (who hasn’t always been in Jose Mourinho’s good books), and/or Phil Jones.