Rumoured interest from Manchester United in centre-back Michael Keane has created uncertainty around the futures of the club’s current defenders.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on signing Burnley ace Michael Keane in a £25million deal this summer.
The former Old Trafford centre-back left for Burnley in 2014 but such has been his improvement during his time at Turf Moor the Red Devils want him back.
His contract expires in a year which has given his suitors confidence a deal can be done. For Manchester United there is also the advantage of a 25% sell-on fee agreed in the deal with Burnley, meaning any move for the defender this summer will be reduced.
Should Keane arrive it would almost certainly lead to the exit of one or more of Manchester United’s current centre-backs.
Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling have been vying for the two centre-back positions this season.
Bailly is safe having only arrived last summer and impressing in his debut season.
Meanwhile, it’s believed that despite having his determination to return from injury questioned by Mourinho that Smalling is fully committed to Manchester United, despite recent reports to the contrary.
Jones, who has struggled badly with injuries in recent years, Blind and Rojo, who came close to leaving last summer, appear the more likely to be cut loose.