Manchester United have a buy-back option on Michael Keane and are now favourites to sign him, according to a report.
Just two years after they sold him to Burnley for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £3million, Jose Mourinho wants the centre-back to return to Old Trafford.
The Daily Express reports the 24-year-old “would jump at the chance to return” and claim sources close to the player suggest his preference is to go back to the club where he came through the academy.
The report claims United “agreed an option to buy the central defender back” when Louis Van Gaal allowed him to depart in January 2015.
United also have a 25% sell-on clause and with Burnley believed to be looking for £20million for the player, they would get him for around £15million.
Reports on Friday suggested Everton were in pole position to sign the player after Ronald Koeman refused to talk about him in his press conference.
The Daily Mail claimed “positive dialogue” had taken place, while Koeman had previously spoken about his admiration for Keane.
Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all reported to be interested in the player, but Burnley boss Sean Dyche claims the Clarets are prepared to keep the player and let him go on a free next summer.
Asked if Burnley would be willing to let him run down the remaining 12 months on his contract, he replied: “Absolutely, we’re in a great position, if that came around. We’re in a stronger position now.
“That’s where the club has changed. It would have to be appropriate for all parties, and all parties are in the loop. There’s no story, when everyone reads it they’ll all say, ‘That’s exactly what we’ve been told.’
“I’m open and honest with the players. We’ll look at it and speak to the relevant people – if it doesn’t fit, crack on.”