21 Apr 2017

Anfield-bound? Liverpool handed big chance to sign 'fantastic' £30m star; Inside 'source' confirms transfer details

Arsenal legend Ian Wright recently urged Liverpool to sign 'fantastic' Burnley star Michael Keane, and new reports this week suggest that the coveted defender ll definitely be available this summer.

Last month, the Liverpool Echo claimed that Jurgen Klopp 'wants to sign Michael Keane', and according to Sky Sports today:

"Michael Keane will leave Burnley at the end of the season, according to Sky sources. Liverpool are believed to be interested".

In December, Keane rejected a new contract offer, and with only one year left on his contract, Burnley obviously need to cash in ASAP or risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.

Some info about £30m-rated Keane:

* 24-year old central defender, who can also play at right-back.

* Spent four years at Manchester United (2011-2015)

* Burnley: 106 apps (13 goals/assists). Won the Championship title in 2016.

* Mar 2017: On Rio Ferdinand: "He's been brilliant. Before big games he'll send me a text with a bit of advice. He's a legend, and someone I can learn a lot from".

* Apr 2017: Ronaldo Koeman enthused: "He [Keane] has a great future in front of him. He is one of the defenders really involved in the season of Burnley; it’s not easy to score or create against them.”

Historically, Liverpool usually buy in first-team centre-backs (as opposed to promoting from the Academy), and the optimum age to go straight into the first team is 23-25 (see: Agger, Skrtel, Hyypia, Henchoz, Lovren, Matip etc).

At 24, Keane is the perfect age for a move to Liverpool, but the biggest plus is that he is yet to suffer a major injury, which - given the regular injuries to Matip and Lovren - is an important factor.

Everton, Chelsea, and Man City are also reportedly interested, and given the fact he's a Brit, Keane's transfer fee is likely to be exorbitant. After all, Man City paid a ridiculous £47.5m for John Stones (another English central defender in his early 20s), and Burnley will probably seek a similar fee.

Skybet currently have Liverpool as 3rd favourites to sign Keane this summer, after Man Utd and Everton.


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