Manchester United are set to complete their second re-signing of a former player in twelve months with a £25m move for Burnley defender Michael Keane.

The former United youth player moved to Turf Moor in January 2015 after a successful loan spell with Burnley. 

Former United manager Louis van Gaal allowed Keane to leave Old Trafford, but now the Red Devils are eyeing a return for the defender in a big-money move this summer, according to the Mail.


Manchester United have emerged as the front-runners in the race to sign the 24-year-old who left Old Trafford for £2m. 

Keane has had a standout campaign with Burnley, earning a national team call up thanks to his exploits at club level. The highly-rated defender has featured in 35 Premier League games for Burnley this season, scoring two goals in the process. 

Manchester United included a clause in Keane's deal to Burnley that entitles them to 25% of any sell on fee, meaning United could earn around £6m from their own signing, putting them in pole position to secure the signature of the England defender.

United are also expected to offer Keane a contract worth four times the £25k-per-week he is currently earning at Turf Moor every week.

Keane is believed to be as high on Jose Mourinho's transfer list as striking duo Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku.

Last summer United signed Paul Pogba for a world record fee of £89m, just four years after letting him leave for £800k. The purchase of Michael Keane would take United's spending on former players to £114m in just two summer transfer windows.