Former Arsenal hitman Ian Wright has urged Manchester United to sign Burnley centre-back Michael Keane in the summer transfer window.
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.
Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all said to be interested in England international, but the Red Devils have a sell-on clause inserted into Keane’s contract, entitling them to a quarter of his transfer fee and The Sun report his sell-on clause could prohibit a potential deal.
The Red Devils thought to be closing in on a deal for Benfica ace Victor Lindelof in January, but Daily Mail claimed, 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. It is understood Burnley will have to take this into account as suitors circle, and they could even use it as an excuse to drive up his asking price.
And Wright believes the Old Trafford club should take a chance on their former defender.
“No, he is too good. For his own good, I think it would be best for him to move. If I’m someone like Manchester United, I’d take the chance. With his potential, he could go again,” Wright told The Sun Goals podcast.
The Burnley ace, who is rated at around £28m, is decisive when dealing with danger, often opting to simply blast the ball clear, rather than taking the risk to play out from the back.
Keane, in England’s top flight, has won 19 tackles this season with a success rate of 58%, has made 62 interceptions, 225 clearances and 38 blocks.