Mourinho Calls For Haste On Michael Keane Signing

Burnley's Michael Keane arrives before the match.

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Jose Mourinho has urged the club’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward to finalize Michael Keane’s signing as soon as possible, reports the Daily Mail.

The Portuguese coach seems worried about the early business done by rivals Manchester City, who landed Monaco’s coveted playmaker Bernardo Silva on the very first day of the summer transfer window. As a consequence, the Manchester United boss has asked the hierarchy to hurry up on the £24 million deal for the Burnley defender.

Manchester United are in advanced talks to re-sign Michael Keane, who had previously left Old Trafford as a youth prospect in 2014. Since then, the English defender has developed into one of the most reliable centre-backs in the Premier League. It’s easy to understand why the Red Devils are eager to wrap up the deal for the defender who was recently awarded his first cap for England.

The total cost of transfer would be £24 million, however, Manchester United are entitled to keep £6 million to themselves because of a 25% sell on percentage clause inserted in his contract when he joined Burnley from United in 2014.

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Jose Mourinho is hopeful that Michael Keane’s transfer can be completed within a few days, as the defender hasn’t been called for national duty because of a calf injury he sustained towards the end of season.

The Portuguese, who is currently enjoying the Monaco Grand Prix, spoke about the summer plans.

“As I promised after the final, I don’t care about football for a month. You have to ask Ed Woodward about signings. He’s known since March who I want. Now is for him to work because he will have holidays in August and in August I’ll be working,” Mourinho claimed.


Written by Shorya Panwar  

Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.


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