Burnley's Keane has preferred destination
It has been a fantastic season so far for Burnley's Michael Keane. His strong performances at the back for the Lancashire club have earned him his first England cap and also drawn attention from some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. With the options lining up, Keane has a preferred one in mind.
The two teams currently showing the most interest in Keane are Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton, who are both willing to pay the reported £25 million asking price to land the big centre back.
With it looking very likely that Keane will leave Turf Moor at the end of the season, reports in The Sun today say that the former Manchester United man would opt for a move to the blue half of Merseyside to join Everton. The main reason for that decision is that Keane wants a guarantee of first team football at his new club and feels that he would be more likely to get that at Goodison Park. Everton are certainly a club on the up, with plans for a new stadium progressing and owners who have big financial backing.
Nothing is certain however, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hinting that a huge transformation will be required for his squad in the summer for them to progress. Michael Keane could be seen as a starting point to create a more solid defensive line for the Anfield team.
If all interested parties are willing to offer regular first team football, the way that the Premier League finishes this season could be influential, with the opportunity to play Champions League football having the potential to make the difference when Keane has to pick a club.