Everton target Michael Keane not due back for Burnley training?

Nick Sanchez
July 1, 2017

Everton are close to completing a £25m deal for Burnley defender Michael Keane and want to finalise negotiations this weekend, according to the BBC, which would result in the 24-year-old's boyhood club receiving £6m of the transfer fee.

There has been plenty of speculation linking Keane with his former club Manchester United this summer, having impressed with his performances in the Premier League at Turf Moor last season.

And that left Everton essentially in a one-horse race for Keane, although Burnley were always prepared to hold onto the player for another season, even with him able to leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2018.

United were at one stage interested in re-signing Keane, who was sold to the Clarets for £2m in 2015.

The Toffees have already broken their transfer record to sign £30m goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland, while Dutch worldwide Davy Klaassen has arrived in a £24m deal from Ajax.

Keane and Pickford were both nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player Of The Year award in 2017, which was won by Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

But Pearce, the ex-England captain, can not understand why the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United aren't battling to sign the 24-year-old.

Everton are still waiting to announce the signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, who has had a medical and agreed personal terms on a £5.2m move.

Keane was only willing to leave Burnley this summer for a club where he would get first-team opportunities and believes Everton will offer that.

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