Michael Keane pulled plug on Manchester United transfer – report

Michael Keane reportedly “changed his mind” over re-signing for Manchester United once he learnt Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two centre-backs.

The Burnley man held talks with United over returning to Old Trafford in a deal worth up to £25million, but according to The Times, Keane pulled out of a proposed move when he got wind of United’s intention to sign Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof completed a move to United from Benfica last night, in a deal which could top £39million. The Sweden centre-back has signed a four-year deal, with the option of a further year, after passing a medical at Carrington.

Keane, 24, though was put off by Mourinho’s intention to add another defender to his ranks and the report claims he “cooled on the idea of a move because he feared he would not get much game time, which would jeopardise his England chances”.

Whether Mourinho is still in the market for another defender is debatable, but he is believed to be hoping to add striker Alvaro Morata and possibly Andrea Belotti too. A central midfield player is also believed to be on his shopping list with Nemanja Matic linked, while Croatia wideman Ivan Perisic is also on the radar.

It’s also unclear whether Keane or Lindelof was Mourinho’s primary defensive target, although this latest report suggests the Burnley man thought he would be their defensive kingpin next season.

Everton are now favourites to sign Keane, who has one year to run on his Clarets deal, although the Lancashire club have made it clear from day one that they are not afraid of running down the player’s contract and allowing him to leave for free next summer.