Latest development’s of Liverpool’s search for a new defender have seen reports suggest a deal is close for Burnley’s Michael Keane.
The news arrived on the same day that Southampton manager Claude Puel suggested Reds target Virgil van Dijk would still be at St Mary’s next season. Though a move for the Dutchman should by no means be ruled out at this early stage, it seems wise for Jurgen Klopp to have alternative options prepared.
The German is believed to be closing in on Keane, having made him his top defensive target, and is confident of succeeding in his pursuit of the Englishman, according to the Mirror.
Reports have also explained that personal terms have been agreed in principle and that it is likely to cost £25million to bring the centre-back to Anfield, which poses as an affordable price for Liverpool as evidenced by the fact they are seemingly prepared to pay £50million for Van Dijk.
Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners are set to hand Klopp the largest transfer kitty in the club’s history in aid of strengthening the team’s spine, thereby explaining a move for a defender, and ensuring it can compete with not only the Premier League’s top sides but also Europe’s elite.
Keane, formerly of Manchester United, has been outstanding for Burnley this season and was rewarded for his form in March when Gareth Southgate handed him his England debut.
He has since found himself subject to strong interest from a number of sides in England’s top flight, impressing so much that he was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
The 24-year-old would represent wise business as a player with experience in English football and one that has worked in a defensive setup as well-organised and as disciplined as that of Sean Dyche’s at Burnley.