Liverpool close to signing Keane for £25m
TRANSFER RUMOURS: According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Liverpool closing in on £25million capture of Burnley defender Michael Keane. Stating that Jurgen Koop has made the England international his top defensive signing this summer and is confident of closing the deal.
The report then goes on to state personal terms have been agreed in principle between Liverpool and Keane, however Keane is said to be waiting to see whether Liverpool secure Champions League football for next season before committing himself to a rumoured four year deal.
Other clubs interest
Manchester United have been linked with a bid to bring Keane back to Old Trafford, but Jose Mourinho has not yet indicated a willingness to move for the 24-year-old.
Everton and Tottenham have also expressed interest in signing Keane, but Liverpool have moved ahead of their rivals and are in pole position to land the in-demand centre-back.
Keane, who made his England debut in March, was short-listed for the PFA Young Player of the Year award this season and has emerged as one of the most coveted young central defenders in the Premier League.
After coming through the youth ranks at United, Keane joined Burnley in January 2015, signing a three-and-half year deal, having been offloaded by former Reds boss Louis van Gaal.
Jamie Carragher’s views
The legend himself, former Reds defender Carragher actually rates him, however is unsure he’s worth the reported £25m price tag.
“I like him, I think he’s had a really good season,” Carra told Sky Sports. “It’s a big jump to go from Burnley to Liverpool and a completely different way of playing.
“That 4-4-2 at Burnley, it’s a lot of protection, and maybe a similar thing to what we’re seeing with Mamadou Sakho at Crystal Palace.
“He looks a completely different player there but he’s playing a completely different game.
Carragher goes on to talk about if he’s an upgrade on the current defenders.
“Jurgen Klopp was talking about centre-backs at top clubs a couple of weeks ago. The questions asked of you are completely different.
“Is he better than Lovren and Matip? He’s maybe the same level.
“If you’re spending £25m on a centre-back he has to go straight in your team and make a massive difference. I don’t think he is quite at that level to come in and make a massive difference.”
What does Gary Neville have to day all about it?
“I agree. He gets cuddled at Burnley. The two full-backs come tight, it’s a tight midfield four, very compact, so you very rarely get exposed.”