Manchester City are showing strong interest in Burnley’s Michael Keane, and could move for him in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.
The British tabloid claims Everton and Leicester City are also keeping tabs on the 24-year-old defender, and could pose a stiff challenge to City.
While City are pondering over an official bid, Everton have increased their interest in Keane after getting knocked back in their chase for Sunderland’s Lamine Kone and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.
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Ronald Koeman has always been a strong admirer of Keane, and Everton scouts have also recommended him as they are digging deep in the transfer market for two in-form central defenders.
The former Manchester United defender is valued at £20 million by Burnley. Keane is an extremely talented defender and has progressed step by step since joining the Clarets on a permanent deal back in 2015.
Playing for Manchester City could be tempting for the talented defender for so many reasons, and this could well be a big blow for Everton and Leicester, as the Premier League giants are always a better option.
While Everton are desperately looking to be the ‘best of the rest’, defending champions Leicester’s painful struggle for survival in the league has surprised everyone.
Also, to make a switch from Burnley to Leicester would not be a wise idea for Keane, while the Clarets themselves may not be interested to let the player leave in the middle of the season.
Burnley are currently 12th in the Premier League table, with 26 points from 21 matches.