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What transfer move would be in the best interests of Burnley's Michael Keane

Wednesday 17th May 2017
As the Premier League winds down to its conclusion, the transfer season begins. No doubt we'll see a whole host of rumours over the next few weeks, and one player who looks set on moving away from his current club is Burnley's Michael Keane. We want to assess what would be the best move for the good of his career.

The English centre-half has already confirmed his desire to leave Turf Moor this coming summer, and shortly after that news, the so-called 'bigger clubs' started to circle. We take a look at a few potential destinations for the 24-year-old.

Manchester United



His former employers. Jose Mourinho and Manchester United seem keen to land Keane, particularly when you factor in the poor form of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. The Red Devils will need to bring in at least one centre-back, and their former academy graduate fits the bill perfectly.

Keane knows the club inside out, and he'll be accustomed to the way things work there. He's a much more talented player than the aforementioned duo of Smalling and Jones, and I genuinely think that he'd get plenty of game time, probably alongside Eric Bailly at the heart of their defence.

The only concern will probably be whether the Burnley man wants to go back to the Theatre of Dreams. If he doesn't hit the ground running straight away, he could be back where he started just a couple of years ago, when he wasn't playing regularly.

Liverpool



Liverpool's defensive struggles have been obvious at times. Leaking goals has cost them at times, although it does look like they'll finish in the top four. Klopp needs that player who can come in and just defend with everything he has got, rather than messing around and causing more harm than good. Keane can do that.

Once again, he'd get regular minutes on the field, particularly as the Anfield side will see an increase in fixtures due to their guaranteed participation in European competition. Would he want to move to Liverpool, though? He's a Mancunian through and through, and the other two teams on this list are winning trophies, where the Merseysiders aren't...

Chelsea



The Premier League champions. Under the watchful eye of Antonio Conte, the Stamford Bridge club have had a brilliant season. Playing a back three, Michael Keane would be allowed to play with very little pressure as there are two other guys who can help cover up for any mistakes he could make.

John Terry is on his way out this summer, so they'd need to bring in a new defender. Michael Keane fits that bill perfectly. Alongside his countryman Gary Cahill and David Luiz, he could flourish.

I'd love to see this deal happen, and it does remind me of when Chelsea bought Cahill from Bolton Wanderers. Since then, Cahill has won absolutely everything in the game.

The verdict



I guess the most likely move right now is one to Manchester United. I've no doubts that wherever he ends up, the England international will step up and do a good job. If I were his advisor, though, I'd be telling him to stay put at Turf Moor. Nothing is better for you than playing regularly, and he still has plenty of time before he has to think about a big move away.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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