By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool are closing in on the capture of Burnley defender Michael Keane, according to a report.
The Mirror has claimed that personal terms have been “agreed in principle” between the Reds and Keane with it understood that the 24-year-old centre-back is now waiting to see whether Jurgen Klopp’s side can secure Champions League qualification next year.
It is detailed that the recently capped England international would cost £25million and the player has been made Klopp’s top defensive signing this summer with the German confident of closing a deal.
It is also reported that Liverpool have offered Keane a four-year contract with the Reds moving ahead of their Premier League rivals for the signature of the young defender with Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham having all expressed an interest in the Burnley centre-back.
Keane has caught the eye of many clubs this season after a number of impressive displays for a Burnley side sat in 14th.
He has been key to helping Sean Dyche’s men secure their expected survival this campaign and has featured 35 times for the Lancashire club in the league this season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s problems at the back have persisted and Klopp will now be looking to bolster his defensive ranks in attempt to make a claim for the league title next season.
Football Insider verdict:
In this day and age £25million isn’t that much for a Premier League defender who has not yet reached his peak with the English player premium also adding to the cost and this could work out to be a very good deal for Liverpool. The two-time capped England international would certainly prove an upgrade on Dejan Lovren and he is only going to get better at this stage of his career. Reds fans have known for years now that vast improvements are needed at the back and Keane could be the perfect player to help sort that back line out and add the final pieces to the team’s jigsaw.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are set to secure a £4million deal for this full-back.