£28m international star reacts to transfer rumours amid Chelsea interest

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Premier League heavyweights Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton are all keeping tabs on Burnley star Michael Keane, according to the Daily Mail 

Keane has made 102 appearances for the Clarets since leaving Manchester United back in 2015 and has earned a reputation as one of the best English centre-backs in the Premier League.

The Red Devils thought to be closing in on a deal for Benfica ace Victor Lindelof in January, but Daily Mail claims, that Sweden international’s decision to sign a new contract since then could turn Jose Mourinho’s  attention to Keane, who is tied down until 2018.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is keen to add another centre-back and has been impressed by what he has seen of the 24-year-old player who was called up to the England squad this week and played full 90 minutes in the Three Lions 0-1 loss in Dortmund.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, also keeping tabs on the promising defender, as the Gunners have conceded 34 goals so far this season, and the uncertainty at the back, with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi Wenger’s preferred pairing, is holding them back.

The 6ft2 Keane, who is dominant in the air, quick on the deck and sure as a tackler could be a good addition for Chelsea as well, as Antonio Conte looking for a quality replacements for two veterans John Terry and Garry Cahill.

However,  Keane insists he’s only concentrating on helping Burnley avoid relegation, with the Clarets currently five points above the drop zone with eight games left to play.

When asked about the transfer speculation, £28m-rated Keane said: ”It’s inevitable really, these things happen.

“But I’ve dealt with it all throughout the season and I won’t let it affect me. I’m fully focused on Burnley.

“We’ve got some big games coming up and we need to make sure we stay in the Premier League, so it won’t affect me at all.

“The first thing in our heads is survival, but we think we’ve got enough to do more than that. We just need a win soon to see where that takes us.”

Keane, in England’s top flight, has won 17 tackles this season with a success rate of 57%, has made 56 interceptions, 207 clearances and 36 blocks.