Michael Keane (right) of Burnley rises high to beat Sunderland’s Fabio Borini in the air. Photo: Anthony Devlin, Reuters

LONDON – Manchester United are set to sign Michael Keane back from Burnley in a £25 million (about R425.5 million) deal this summer.

The 24-year-old England centre back has developed into one of the Premier League’s most highly-rated defenders since leaving United to join Burnley for £2m in January 2015.

United included a clause in that deal entitling them to 25 percent of any sell-on fee, so they will pay less for Keane than their rivals.

Keane, who has continued to live in Manchester and is a boyhood United fan, can expect to quadruple his £25 000-a-week (about R425 500) wages if he returns to a club that he first joined at the age of 11.

Chris Smalling could be the odd man out at United as manager Jose Mourinho creates space in central defence.

Smalling has grown disillusioned at United this season after being singled out in public on several occasions by his manager for not making more of an effort to play when he was injured.

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