By Matt Farr
Everton are determined to beat their Premier League rivals to the signature of Burnley defender Michael Keane but they face a major stumbling block to push through the transfer, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Toffees are keen on a striking a £20million deal for the England international this summer, but they face one potential blow in their bid to land one of England’s highest-rated talents.
It is reported that Keane has a sell-on clause in his contract that entitles ex-employers Manchester United to a 25 per cent share of his next transfer fee.
That could see Burnley jack up their asking price for Keane to ensure they get still get a significant share of the deal.
United had negotiated the sell-on clause when they sold the 24-year-old to the Clarets in January 2015.
Merseyside rivals Liverpool and league leaders Chelsea are also believed to be interested in signing the player this summer, with the Turf Moor outfit braced for a summer bidding war.
Despite Burnley’s inconsistent form and questionable defensive record, Keane has been one of the standout performers this season.
He has been an ever-present, reliable member of Sean Dyche’s first team, making 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.
Football Insider verdict
The sell-on clause may throw a potential spanner into the works this summer, but it is not likely to halt the growing interest for too long. Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea all have the financial resources at their disposal to match Burnley’s increased demands, while the need for defensive reinforcements at each club also highlights the willingness to complete a deal. For Everton, Ronald Koeman has identified Keane as a young face in an ageing defensive unit, with no fewer than three first players over the age of 30. Keane would be a fantastic addition to Koeman’s squad, and a move to Goodison Park would be much-deserved following his remarkable rise to the very top with the England senior side earlier this month.
In other Everton transfer news, recruitment guru Steve Walsh has identified this PL 24-year-old as an alternative to Keane.