Michael Keane has officially joined the Everton revolution.
The 24-year-old centre back was hotly tipped for a lucrative return to Man United a la Paul Pogba but Jose Mourinho will have to look elsewhere if he wants to bolster his defence further.
Also worth noting here that Keane isn’t quite as marketable as Pogba.
The ex-Burnley defender spent four years as a professional with Man United but played just one league game and was subjected to the customary loan carousel in the Championship.
A regular starter at Turf Moor, his reputation skyrocketed last season leading to speculation that United were preparing to admit they were wrong to let him go and pay £30million to bring him back home.
Following his unveiling at Goodison Park, Keane explained why he decided against a return to Old Trafford: “Of course it was a temptation – it’s your boyhood club but you have got to take your heart out of it sometimes and think what’s best for you.
“I feel as if this is the best place for me to come and continue my development.
“It’s a club with such big history and a great fan base so I can’t wait to pull on the shirt and play for this club.”
Umm, Michael, if it was history and fan base you were interested in then United was probably your best bet.
It could be that Victor Lindelof’s arrival at United, coupled with the impressive form of Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo last season led Keane to believe he would be a bench-warmer under Mourinho.
He went on to reveal that playing under Ronald Koeman was also a factor in joining Everton over United: “I have been fortunate enough that in the clubs I have played in the past, the manager has played in my position as well and I feel like he [Koeman] was a very classy centre-half so he can still teach me things.
“I want to develop, I am only 24-years-old, which is young for a centre-half but I feel how much they [Everton] wanted me was a big factor as well.”
The Toffees are reportedly set on reuniting Keane with at least one former United team-mate.
Wayne Rooney remains a transfer target with Everton hoping to add England’s all-time top scorer to Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Henry Onyekuru and Keane on their impressive list of summer recruits.
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