Four Michael Keane alternatives for Everton as Manchester United eye defender

Everton have turned their attentions to Virgil van Dijk and Harry Maguire, after Manchester United entered the race for Burnley's Micheal Keane.

Burnley are bracing themselves for a bid in the region of £25m from Manchester United for star defender Michael Keane.

With Burnley virtually safe in the Premier League ahead of Sunday's home game against United there will be no upset from supporters about the Keane news breaking now, especially if it fires the starting gun on a bidding war for the player's services.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have very settled defences and are unlikely to go shopping for Keane, but Manchester City and Liverpool on the other hand are also likely suitors.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Keane's future, former Liverpool defender Carragher offered the centre-half some advice about a potential return to Old Trafford.

Stones had a long-term contract at Goodison Park and was a few years younger than Keane when he got his big move, but there is no comparing the two on performances this season.

"I think Burnley has been great for him but it feels like the move is going to happen in the summer".

With a central defensive partner for Eric Bailly seemingly high on Jose Mourinho's transfer shortlist this summer, it appears as though he could be ready to settle on Keane to fill the role. United forking out a world-record £89.3 million to bring back Paul Pogba shows the club is willing to swallow the embarrassment of paying massive amounts to fix past mistakes by resigning players.

Already without long-term absentees Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, the Portuguese lost Marcos Rojo in the extra-time win over Anderlecht.

Since his retirement back in 2013, there have been a number of stories come to light concerning how much of a legend Ferguson actually was and detailing how involved with the club and its players he was. Would he do that for United? "I think that'd be ideal", Carragher said.

  • Julie Sanders