Manchester United are to try to wrap up a quick deal for Burnley’s Michael Keane, having seen rivals Manchester City make their first big signing and Jose Mourinho putting executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward under pressure to get his business done.
United are ready to offer £24 million for defender Keane, of which they would keep £6m because of the 25 percent sell-on clause they negotiated with
“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.”
United are favourites to re-sign
Liverpool were considering trying to exploit any unhappiness Keane felt at being sold by United three years ago, but Jurgen Klopp’s main target is Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.
Keane could complete his move in the next fortnight because he has been left out of the
United’s most expensive acquisition would be £80 million France international and prime Mourinho target Antoine Griezmann, but he is sending mixed messages from Atletico Madrid, saying there is a 6/10 chance of him joining United, and then that he has unfinished business in Spain.
The United manager insisted he would be switching off, having led United to the Europa League title. “I am not even interested the result of the FA Cup final. I don’t care at all,” he said.
“I am really happy with our season, I am really happy with the trophies, I am really happy to be back to Champions League.
“But now is time to have a rest, disconnect completely, do other things and enjoy my family, my friends, enjoy some other sports that I love and forget football. I need that.”