Manchester United are reportedly “kicking themselves” over their failure to insert a chunky sell-on clause in their sale of £25million-rated Burnley defender Michael Keane.
United allowed the recent England call-up to leave Old Trafford for a cut-price £2.5million in January 2015 – but after seeing Leicester fail with a £15million approach in the summer, Keane is now being linked with a £25million January move to Chelsea.
The 23-year-old centre-back is having a break-out season in the Premier League and looks certain to leave the Clarets either in January or next summer, with the glamour for his signature seemingly growing by the week.
And United are said to be furious with themselves over their failure to negotiate a sell on clause in the deal, with a club insider credited with telling The Sun: “The club is kicking themselves over it and some people are now keeping their heads down.
“There is a fear they could be hearing ‘we told you so’ in the near future. He has always been highly-rated by United’s reserve coaches.”
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Keane wouldn’t be the first centre-half United have allowed to leave on the cheap, only to see their careers flourish thereafter. Stoke signed Ryan Shawcross from United in January 2008 for an initial £1m fee (which rose to £2m), while Gerard Pique moved to Barcelona in the summer of the same year for €5million.
United, of course, this summer, re-signed midfielder Paul Pogba for a world-record £89million fee – just four years after letting him slip through their net and joining Juventus for a development fee of around £700,000.