Clarets not Keane to let go
Just two or three days ago we thought this transfer window was about nothing more than recruiting some quality players to strengthen our squad for the 2016/17 Premier League season, but then suddenly came all the speculation regarding Michael Keane and a supposed bid from Leicester City.
I wouldn’t have been too concerned had it appeared in one newspaper, certainly not had that been the Daily Mail, but it was given coverage by at least three publications which made you sit up and take notice. Three days on and I think all Burnley fans have done a bit more than sit up.
Sky were first, with their yellow bar, to reveal yesterday that we had turned down an offer of £10 million from Leicester and this morning that seems to have moved on a stage further with a supposed £15 million offer also having been rejected.
Both local papers, the Burnley Express and Leicester Mercury, are reporting that this latest huge offer has been turned down for the central defender with our local paper suggesting that Burnley do not wish to sell one of their crown jewels.
The Daily Mirror have since joined in. They’ve claimed that Keane fears the move will collapse and have reported that Keane wants to join the Premier League champions and that he and his representatives are pushing for the move. They have no words from either the player or his representatives to substantiate their late entry into this speculation.
Leicester have today confirmed the signing of centre back Luis Hernandez who will be joining them on a four year deal in July having turned down the offer of a new deal at Sporting Gijon. It is not thought that this signing, which has been in the offing for some time, has any bearing on their approach for Keane.
What next? With rumours of Everton showing an interest, one I would expect only if John Stones leaves, it could run for a while yet. How much further will Leicester be prepared to push it? At what figure would Burnley decide that it’s a good deal and worth taking? And does Michael Keane really want to move to Leicester where he spent time on loan in the 2012/13 season?
It’s all questions without answers right now but I’m sure most Burnley fans would like to see Keane in our number five shirt come 13th August when we kick off the new season.Share this page :