Manchester United are all set to part ways with their promising young striker, Will Keane.
Will Keane joined Manchester United at the age of 11, along with his twin brother, Michael. The youngster progressed through the ranks at United, whilst also representing his country England on the U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 levels.
The Englishman made his first team debut for the Red Devils under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson, on 31st December 2011, in a 3-2 loss to Blackburn Rovers.
However, the striker found himself buried down the pecking order thereafter, and hence, spent most of his time out on loan ever since. In the previous three seasons, Keane has had loan spells at four English clubs – Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.
The 23-year-old was recalled from Preston by Louis van Gaal during the second half of last season, but the youngster picked up a season-ending injury in United’s FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town.
It looked like things were turning out in favour of Will Keane at the start of this year’s pre-season, under the management of new boss Jose Mourinho. The forward not only started Jose’s first ever game in-charge as a United boss, but also scored the first ever goal of the Jose Mourinho era, in a friendly against Wigan.
He was also a part of the English giants’ pre-season tour squad to China, but did not feature in United’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund.
And now, it looks like the England international’s time at the Old Trafford club has come to an end.
According to a source close to ESPN, Manchester United are ready to part ways with their youth academy graduate this summer.
The young striker will be allowed to leave the club for a discounted fee of merely £1 million. Such small transfer fee for a quality player like Keane has reportedly attracted interest from all over England, and at present, as many as five clubs have enquired for the player, so as to secure his services.